As a rule, phrasal verbs usually have more than one meaning. Let’s look at the meanings of the phrasal verb ‘pick up’:
- To learn a new language without being taught.
Ex: Paul picked up some Greek when he was on holiday in Greece.
2. To answer the phone.
Ex: Why don’t you pick up your phone when it’s ringing?
3. To catch an illness.
Ex: Gilbert is in bed. He picked up a virus, I’m afraid.
4. To lift somebody or something off the floor.
Ex: Your glasses are on the floor. Pick them up before someone steps on them.
5. To collect somebody or something.
Ex: Do you want me to pick you up on my way to work?
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