1. (vehicle) 
He still drives a battered 1979 Ford pickup.Sigue manejando una camioneta Ford destartalada del año 1979.
We loaded the boxes of vegetables into the back of the pickup.Cargamos las cajas de verduras en la parte de atrás de la furgoneta.
2. (act of collecting) 
Our day for garbage pickup is Tuesday.Para nosotros, la recogida de basura se hace el martes.
3. (music) 
a. el brazo (M) (on a record player) 
The pickup got knocked out of alignment when I moved the record player.Golpeé el tocadiscos al moverlo, y el brazo ya no está bien alineado.
b. el brazo del tocadiscos (M) (on a record player) 
I inserted a new needle into the pickup.Puse una aguja nueva en el brazo del tocadiscos.
c. la pastilla (F) (on guitar) 
The guitar has two pickups: one on the bridge and one on the neck.La guitarra tiene dos pastillas: una en el puente y otra en el cuello.
4. (finance) 
a. la mejora (F) 
There is no prospect of a pickup in the housing market.No hay perspectivas de mejora en el mercado inmobiliario.
Retailers are relying on a pickup in consumer spending over the Christmas period.Los minoristas cuentan con un repunte en el gasto del consumidor durante la temporada de Navidad.
5. (colloquial) (sexual liaison) 
a. el ligue (M) (colloquial) 
None of his pickups turned into a long-term relationship.Ninguno de sus ligues se convirtió en una relación duradera.
b. el levante (M) (colloquial) (South America) 
She brought one of her pickups home and introduced him.Trajo a uno de sus levantes a la casa y me lo presentó.
1. (general) 
a. no direct translation 
pick-up (truck)camioneta f
pick-up pointlugar m de recogida
pick-up (arm)brazo m del tocadiscos
2. (colloquial) 
a. la recuperación (F) (improvement) 
pick-up [ˈpɪkʌp]
1 (Mús) (on instrument) pastilla (f); (on microphone) toma (f) de sonidos
we were using the recording sessions of Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony to experiment with double microphone pick-ups
(also pick-up arm) brazo (m) (del tocadiscos)
2 (also pick-up truck) furgoneta (f); camioneta (f)
this rule applies to passenger cars, including vans, pick-ups,and panel trucks he drove an old Ford pick-up
3 (collection)
to make a pick-up [+truck driver, drug runner] recoger algo; the bus made three pick-ups el autobús hizo tres paradas para recoger a gente
we ordered another print for pick-up on Saturday morning
4 (recovery) (in economy, trade, sales) mejora (f); (in prices) subida (f)
the economy had ground to a halt with no real pick-up until towards the end of next year industry watchers remain sceptical about the pick-up in some areas there will no pick-up in prices until the middle of the year there has been a pick-up in sales among the nation's retail giants the predicted pick-up in consumer spending has not materialized
5 (pick-me-up) estimulante (m)
we've found that such patients perk up considerably when they have a sugar-free gelatin as a quick pick-up
6 (sexual)
to him it was just a pick-up él no quería más que ligar con ella (informal); a pick-up joint un garito de ligue (informal)
her smile was relentless —This is a pick-up, — he told himself it was nothing but a pick-up, a clumsy attempted pick-up, something which had happened to her a hundred times they had come to world's most famous pick-up joint
7 (Aut) (acceleration) facilidad (f) de aceleración
Borgward's fuel injection gave very crisp response and pick-up we still have a slight delay in the power pick-up from slow corners
if there isn't a school team for them,they'll play pick-up games on asphalt courts in playgrounds after school
pick-up joint (n) bar (m) de ligoteo (informal)
they had come to world's most famous pick-up joint
pick-up point (n) (for people) parada (f); (for goods) punto (m) de recogida
after the coach leaves Birmingham, there is only one pick-up point before London once you have paid for your goods they can be collected from the pick-up point
Phrases with "pickup"
Here are the most popular phrases with "pickup." Click the phrases to see the full entry.
pickup truck
la camioneta
I'd like to place an order for pickup
quiero hacer un pedido para recoger
pending pickup
recogida pendiente


usage note
This word may also be spelled “pic-up.”
feminine noun
1. (transport) (Latin America) 
La pick-up es el mejor vehículo para el rancho.A pickup truck is the best vehicle for the ranch.
b. pickup 
He estacionado la pick-up en el garage.I've parked the pickup in the garage.
2. (old-fashioned) (record player) 
a. pickup (old-fashioned) 
En los cincuenta y los sesenta, a los tocadiscos se les llamaba "pick-ups."In the fifties and sixties, record players were called "pickups".
pick-up [piˈkap] [piˈku]
1 (tocadiscos) pickup
2 (Latinoamérica) (camioneta) pickup (truck)
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