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Retrieve vs Pick - What's the difference?

retrieve | pick |

In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between retrieve and pick

is that retrieve is (obsolete) the recovery of game once sprung while pick is (obsolete) to throw; to pitch.

As verbs the difference between retrieve and pick

is that retrieve is to regain or get back something while pick is to grasp and pull with the fingers or fingernails.

As nouns the difference between retrieve and pick

is that retrieve is a retrieval while pick is a tool used for digging; a pickaxe.




  • To regain or get back something.
  • to retrieve''' one's character or independence; to '''retrieve a thrown ball
  • * Dryden
  • With late repentance now they would retrieve / The bodies they forsook, and wish to live.
  • To rescue (a) creature(s)
  • To salvage something
  • To remedy or rectify something.
  • To remember or recall something.
  • To fetch or carry back something.
  • * Berkeley
  • to retrieve them from their cold, trivial conceits
  • To fetch and bring in game.
  • The cook doesn't care what's shot, only what's actually retrieved .
  • To fetch and bring in game systematically.
  • Dog breeds called 'retrievers' were selected for retrieving .
  • To fetch or carry back systematically, notably as a game.
  • Most dogs love retrieving , regardless of what object is thrown.
  • (sports) To make a difficult but successful return of the ball.
  • (obsolete) To remedy the evil consequence of, to repair (a loss or damage).
  • * Prior
  • Accept my sorrow, and retrieve my fall.
  • * Burke
  • There is much to be done and much to be retrieved .

    Derived terms

    * retriever


    (en noun)
  • A retrieval
  • (sports) The return of a difficult ball
  • (obsolete) A seeking again; a discovery.
  • (Ben Jonson)
  • (obsolete) The recovery of game once sprung.
  • (Nares)



    (wikipedia pick)


    (en noun)
  • A tool used for digging; a pickaxe.
  • A tool for unlocking a lock without the original key; a lock pick, picklock.
  • A comb with long widely spaced teeth, for use with tightly curled hair.
  • A choice; ability to choose.
  • * Lord Lytton
  • France and Russia have the pick of our stables.
  • That which would be picked or chosen first; the best.
  • (basketball) A screen.
  • (lacrosse) An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.
  • (American football) An interception.
  • (baseball) A good defensive play by an infielder.
  • (baseball) A pickoff.
  • (music) A tool used for strumming the strings of a guitar; a plectrum.
  • A pointed hammer used for dressing millstones.
  • (obsolete) A pike or spike; the sharp point fixed in the center of a buckler.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • Take down my buckler and grind the pick on 't.
  • (printing, dated) A particle of ink or paper embedded in the hollow of a letter, filling up its face, and causing a spot on a printed sheet.
  • (MacKellar)
  • (art, painting) That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.
  • (weaving) The blow that drives the shuttle, used in calculating the speed of a loom (in picks per minute); hence, in describing the fineness of a fabric, a weft thread.
  • so many picks to an inch

    Derived terms

    * pickaxe * take one's pick * toothpick


    (en verb)
  • To grasp and pull with the fingers or fingernails.
  • Don't pick at that scab.
    He picked his nose.
  • To harvest a fruit or vegetable for consumption by removing it from the plant to which it is attached; to harvest an entire plant by removing it from the ground.
  • It's time to pick the tomatoes.
  • To pull apart or away, especially with the fingers; to pluck.
  • She picked flowers in the meadow.
    to pick feathers from a fowl
  • To take up; especially, to gather from here and there; to collect; to bring together.
  • to pick rags
  • To remove something from with a pointed instrument, with the fingers, or with the teeth.
  • to pick''' the teeth; to '''pick''' a bone; to '''pick''' a goose; to '''pick a pocket
  • * Shakespeare
  • Did you pick Master Slender's purse?
  • * Cowper
  • He picks clean teeth, and, busy as he seems / With an old tavern quill, is hungry yet.
  • To decide upon, from a set of options; to select.
  • I'll pick the one with the nicest name.
  • (cricket) To recognise the type of ball being bowled by a bowler by studying the position of the hand and arm as the ball is released.
  • He didn't pick the googly, and was bowled.
  • (music) To pluck the individual strings of a musical instrument or to play such an instrument.
  • He picked a tune on his banjo.
  • To open (a lock) with a wire, lock pick, etc.
  • To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.
  • * Dryden
  • Why stand'st thou picking ? Is thy palate sore?
  • To do anything nicely or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care.
  • To steal; to pilfer.
  • * Book of Common Prayer
  • to keep my hands from picking and stealing
  • (obsolete) To throw; to pitch.
  • * Shakespeare
  • as high as I could pick my lance
  • (dated) To peck at, as a bird with its beak; to strike at with anything pointed; to act upon with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to prick, as with a pin.
  • To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points.
  • to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.

    Derived terms

    * a bone to pick * picky * pickpocket * nitpick * pick and choose * pick 'em * nose-picking * pick somebody's brain * pick up * pick up on * pick up where one left * pickin' and grinnin' * ripe for the picking

    See also

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