Definition of pick someone up in English:

pick someone up

1Go somewhere to collect someone, typically in one’s car: will you pick the children up from school?
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  • I don't even remember picking you up from the train station!
  • The time Carla picked me up from the train station in my mother's manual car, even though at that stage she could only drive an automatic.
  • My aunt lives there, and my grandma is trying to arrange for her to pick me up from the train station.
Synonyms
fetch, collect, go to get, go/come and get, call for, go/come for;
give someone a lift, give someone a ride
1.1Stop for someone to board a train, boat, etc. they were picked up by a passing ship
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  • The regular train came along, stopped, picked her up and off she went.
  • The ferry stopped, launched a boat and picked them up - they had paddled 14 miles across the Channel - at 7am.
  • And it has its own jetty, where you can be picked up by boat and spirited to the superior diving and snorkelling sites around Tiran.
1.2 informal Arrest someone: she was picked up on prostitution charges
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  • When told of the reason for the rejected claim, the patient produced an arrest warrant stating that she has been picked up for prostitution and her prescription was confiscated by the police.
  • Two weeks ago, Alex was picked up and arrested for assault and prostitution.
  • She called the police, who promptly picked him up.
Synonyms
arrest, apprehend, detain, take into custody, take prisoner, seize, capture, catch, take in
informal collar, nab, run/pull in, nick, pinch, bust, nail, do, feel someone's collar
2 informal Casually strike up a relationship with a stranger as a sexual overture: he picked her up in a bar
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  • If I'm in drag, and he picks me up at a gay bar, is it a queer relationship?
  • He was with the woman who had picked him up at the train station, a Colombian poet.
  • I want you to stop picking me up for practice or bothering me in the halls.
Synonyms
strike up a casual acquaintance/relationship with, take up with;
make advances to
informal get off with, pull, cop off with
3Return to a point made by someone in order to criticize it: she picked him up on one niggling point
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  • He gave a clever answer for a start, which you picked him up on.
  • I'm surprised no one on the panel picked him up on it.
  • The interviewer picked him up on it, and later I looked it up.
4Make someone feel more energetic and cheerful: songs to pick you up and make you feel good
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