What does ‘pick’ mean?

The word ‘pick’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to choose or remove.

For example:

  • You have to pick either Joe or David. (choose)
  • I love picking flowers. (remove)

Pick is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is picked.

phrasal verbs with pick

Phrasal verbs with ‘pick’ include:

  • Pick apart (criticise)
  • Pick at (scrape)
  • Pick off (remove)
  • Pick on (bully)
  • Pick out (select)
  • Pick through (look for something)
  • Pick up (lift from the floor)
  • Pick up after (clean someone else’s mess)
  • Pick up on (notice)
phrasal verbs with pick

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘pick’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with pick - pick apart
phrasal verbs with pick - pick at
phrasal verbs with pick - pick off
phrasal verbs with pick - pick on
phrasal verbs with pick - pick out
phrasal verbs with pick - pick through
phrasal verbs with pick - pick up after
phrasal verbs with pick - pick up on
phrasal verbs with pick - pick up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with pick below.