Phrasal Verb: Pick Up

As a rule, phrasal verbs usually have more than one meaning. Let’s look at the meanings of the phrasal verb “pick up”:

  1. 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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