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British English: /pɪk/
American English: /pɪk/

Translation of pick in French:


  • 2 (choice) to have one's pick of
    avoir le choix parmi
    to take one's pick
    faire son choix
    of parmi
    take your pick
    to get first pick
    choisir le/la premier/-ière, être le/la premier/-ière à choisir
  • 3 (best) the pick of the crop (fruit)
    les meilleurs fruits
    the pick of this month's new films
    les meilleurs films sortis ce mois-ci
    the pick of the bunch
    le/la etc meilleur/-e etc du lot

transitive verb

  • 1 (choose, select) (gen)
    from parmi
    (Sport) (player) from parmi
    ‘pick a card, any card’
    ‘choisis une carte, n'importe laquelle’
    to be picked for England/for the team
    être sélectionné pour représenter l'Angleterre/pour faire partie de l'équipe
    you picked the right person/a good time to do it
    tu as choisi la personne qu'il fallait/le bon moment pour faire cela
    you picked the wrong man ou person
    tu as choisi la mauvaise personne
    he certainly knows how to pick them!
    il sait les choisir!
    (also ironic)
    to pick a fight (physically)
    chercher à se bagarrer
    (informal) with avec
    to pick a fight ou a quarrel
    chercher querelle
    with à
  • 2to pick one's way through
    avancer avec précaution parmi
    (rubble, litter)
    to pick one's way down
    prendre des précautions pour descendre
    (mountain, slope)
  • 4 (poke at)
    (spot, scab, skin)
    to pick something from ou off something
    enlever quelque chose de quelque chose
    to pick one's nose
    mettre les doigts dans son nez
    to pick one's teeth
    se curer or se nettoyer les dents
    to pick a hole in one's sweater
    faire un trou dans son pull-over à force de tirer les mailles
    to pick a lock
    crocheter une serrure
    to pick somebody's pocket
    faire les poches de quelqu'un

intransitive verb

  • 1 (choose) you can afford to pick and choose
    tu peux te permettre de faire les difficiles or de faire la fine bouche
    among, between pour choisir parmi

Phrasal verbs

pick at

1 pick at [something] 1.1
(informal) (spot, scab)
(informal) (fabric, knot)
(bird) (crumbs)
2 pick at [somebody] (American English) pick on

pick off

1 pick [somebody] off, pick off [somebody] (kill) he picked them off one by one
il les visait soigneusement et les abattait un à un
lions pick off any stragglers
les lions se jettent sur les traînards
2 pick [something] off, pick off [something] 3 pick [something] off something
cueillir [quelque chose] sur quelque chose
(apple, cherry)
to pick something off the floor
ramasser quelque chose qui était par terre
to pick something off the top of a cake
retirer quelque chose qui était sur un gâteau

pick on

pick on [somebody] (harass, single out) stop picking on me!
arrête de me harceler comme ça, fiche-moi la paix!
pick on someone your own size!
ne t'attaque pas à quelqu'un de plus faible que toi!

pick out

pick [somebody/something] out, pick out [somebody/something] 1.1 (select) (gen)
(single out)
to be picked out from the group
être remarqué dans le groupe
to pick out three winners
sélectionner trois gagnants
from parmi
1.2 (make out, distinguish)
(object, landmark)
(person in photo, suspect)
(person in crowd)
to pick out the theme in a variation
reconnaître le thème dans une variation
1.3 (highlight)
(person, artist)
mettre en valeur
(title, letter)
(torch, beam) (form, object)
to be picked out in red (pattern)
être mis en valeur en rouge
1.4to pick out a tune (on the piano)
retrouver un air (au piano)

pick over

pick [something] over, pick over [something] 1.1 [literal]
(articles, lentils, raisins)
1.2 [figurative]
(film, book)

pick up

1 pick up 1.1 (improve)
(trade, market, business)
(weather, performance, health)
(ill person)
se rétablir
things have picked up slightly
ça commence à aller mieux
1.2 (resume) to pick up (from) where one left off
reprendre là où on s'est arrêté
2 pick [somebody/something] up, pick up [somebody/something] 2.1 (lift, take hold of) (to tidy)
(object, litter, toys, clothes)
(to examine)
(after fall) (person, child)
(for cuddle)
prendre [quelqu'un] dans ses bras
(person, child)
to pick something up in ou with one's left hand
prendre quelque chose de sa main gauche
to pick up the telephone
décrocher le téléphone
the wave picked up the boat
la vague a soulevé le bateau
to pick up the bill ou tab (informal)
régler l'addition, casquer
2.2 (collect)
(passenger, cargo, hitcher)
(dry-cleaning, ticket, keys)
aller chercher
(person from airport, station)
could you pick me up?
est-ce que tu peux venir me chercher?
3 pick [something] up, pick up [something] 3.1 (buy)
(milk, bread, newspaper)
(bargain, find)
could you pick up some milk on the way home?
peux-tu prendre du lait en rentrant à la maison?
3.2 (learn, acquire)
(habit, accent)
where did he pick up those manners?
où a-t-il pris or attrapé ces manières?
I'm hoping to pick up some tips
j'espère obtenir quelques tuyaux
it's not difficult, you'll soon pick it up
ce n'est pas difficile, tu t'y mettras vite
3.3 (catch)
(illness, cold, infection)
3.4 (notice, register)
(person) (mistake, error)
(person, machine) (defect)
3.5 (detect)
(person, animal) (trail, scent)
(searchlight, radar)
détecter la présence de
(aircraft, person, object)
(Radio, Telecommunications) (signal, broadcast)
3.6 (gain, earn)
(point, size)
to pick up speed
prendre de la vitesse
3.7 (resume)
(conversation, career)
you'll soon pick up your French again
ton français te reviendra vite
to pick up the pieces (of one's life)
4 pick [somebody] up, pick up [somebody] 4.1 (rescue)
(helicopter, ship) (person)
4.2 (arrest)
(police) (suspect)
4.3 (meet) [pejorative]
(person, partner, prostitute)
4.4 (find fault with)
faire des remarques à
(person) on sur
they'll pick you up for being improperly dressed
ils vont te faire remarquer que tu n'es pas vêtu correctement
5 pick oneself up 5.1 [literal] (get up)
se relever
5.2 [figurative] (recover)
se reprendre

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