Synonyms of pick
1 selectDictionary • He had picked ten people to interview for the jobs.
select • They selected only bright pupils.
choose • I chose him to accompany me on my trip.
identify • Police have already identified around ten suspects.
elect • The people have voted to elect a new president.
nominate • It is legally possible for an elderly person to nominate someone to act for them.
settle on or upon
, turn down
, cast aside
2 gatherDictionary • He helped his mother pick fruit.
gather • The people lived by fishing, gathering nuts and fruits, and hunting.
pull • Wes was in the yard pulling weeds when we drove up.
collect • They collected donations for a fund to help the earthquake victims.
harvest • Many farmers are refusing to harvest the sugar cane.
pluck • I plucked a lemon from the tree.
garner • His priceless collection of Chinese art was garnered over three decades.
cull • All this information had been culled from radio reports.
3 provokeDictionary • He picked a fight with a waiter and landed in jail.
provoke • His comments have provoked a shocked reaction.
start • Who started the fight?
cause • I don't want to cause any trouble.
incite • He incited his fellow citizens to take revenge.
instigate • The violence was instigated by ex-members of the secret police.
foment • They accused strike leaders of fomenting violence.
1 choiceDictionary • We had the pick of winter coats from the shop.
choice • His choice of words made Rodney angry.
option • He was jailed for thirty days without the option of a fine.
selection • Make your selection from the list.
preference • He enjoys all styles of music, but his preference is opera.
2 bestDictionary • These boys are the pick of the under-15 cricketers in the country.
flower • the flower of American manhood
pride • This glittering dress is the pride of her collection.
elite • a government comprised mainly of the elite
cream • The event was attended by the cream of Hollywood society.
jewel in the crown
the crème de la crème
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ pick at something
IDIOMS:▷ pick holes in something or someone
▷ pick up
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causeTo cause something, usually something bad, means to make it happen.
• I don't want to cause any trouble.
give rise to,
give rise to,
choiceYour choice is someone or something that you choose from a range of things.
• His choice of words made Rodney angry.
• I chose him to accompany me on my trip.
Thesaurus for pick from the Collins English Thesaurus
to choose (something) deliberately or carefully, from or as if from a group or number; select