pick out


pick out
verb
1. pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives (Freq. 4)
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Take any one of these cards

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Choose a good husband for your daughter

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She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her

Syn: ↑choose, ↑take, ↑select
Derivationally related forms: ↑selective (for: ↑select), ↑selection (for: ↑select), ↑selector (for: ↑select)
Hypernyms: ↑decide, ↑make up one's mind, ↑determine
Hyponyms:
empanel, ↑impanel, ↑panel, ↑anoint, ↑field, ↑sieve, ↑sift, ↑draw, ↑dial, ↑plump, ↑go, ↑pick, ↑elect, ↑excerpt, ↑extract, ↑take out, ↑cull out, ↑winnow, ↑cream off, ↑skim off, ↑sieve out, ↑pick over, ↑assign, ↑specify, ↑set apart, ↑single out, ↑think of, ↑set, ↑determine, ↑define, ↑fix, ↑limit, ↑adopt, ↑follow, ↑espouse, ↑screen, ↑screen out, ↑sort, ↑vote in, ↑nominate, ↑propose, ↑vote
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Somebody ——s

(for: ↑choose)
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They pick out him to write the letter

2. detect with the senses (Freq. 2)
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The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards

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I can't make out the faces in this photograph

Syn:
Derivationally related forms: ↑discernible (for: ↑discern), ↑discernment (for: ↑discern)
Hyponyms: ↑resolve, ↑discriminate
Entailment: ↑perceive, ↑comprehend
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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pick out [phrasal verb]
1 pick (something) out or pick out (something)
1 a : to choose or select (the best or most appropriate person or thing) from a group

It took him an hour to pick out [=pick] what to wear.

They let their two-year-old daughter pick out her own clothes.

I've picked out the perfect spot for our picnic.

picking out a gift for a friend

1 b : to play (a song, melody, etc.) by playing each note separately

She sat picking out a tune on the piano.

2 pick (someone or something) out or pick out (someone or something) : to see and identify (someone or something)

His red hair makes it easy to pick him out of/in a crowd.

The police had a witness pick the suspect out of a lineup.

I could pick out the pattern against the background.

No one was able to pick out the originals from the copies.

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Main Entry:pick

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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