usage note
This word must be preceded by the definite article in the sense shown in 12).
pick
transitive verb
1. (to choose) 
a. escoger 
We still need to pick some music for the party.Todavía tenemos que escoger música para la fiesta.
b. elegir 
I need to pick some shoes for the wedding.Tengo que elegir zapatos para la boda.
We're going to the adoption center to pick a kitten.Vamos al centro de acogida para seleccionar un gatito .
2. (to gather) 
a. recoger 
I spent some weeks picking grapes.Dediqué unas semanas a recoger uvas.
b. coger (Spain) 
I love picking flowers when I go to the countryside.Me encanta coger flores cuando voy al campo.
3. (music) 
a. puntear 
He picked some notes before beginning the song.Punteó algunas notas antes de empezar con la canción.
4. (to provoke) 
a. buscar 
Don't pick a fight with that guy; he's a professional boxer.No busques pelea con ese tipo; es boxeador profesional.
5. (to unlock without a key) 
a. forzar 
How did you pick the lock to the door?¿Cómo forzaste la cerradura de la puerta?
6. (to remove bits of something from) 
a. no direct translation 
I caught him picking his nose.Lo pillé hurgándose la nariz.
It's disgusting to see people picking their teeth at a restaurant.Es desagradable ver a gente escarbarse los dientes en un restaurante.
intransitive verb
7. (to choose) 
a. escoger 
It's your turn to pick.Te toca a ti escoger.
b. elegir 
You need to pick carefully.Hay que elegir con cuidado.
8. (to remove bits of something) 
a. no direct translation 
The hens were picking about in the meadow.Las gallinas picoteaban en el prado.
There was a raccoon picking through our garbage!¡Había un mapache escarbando en nuestra basura!
noun
9. (choice) 
a. elección 
Who was Chicago's pick in the NBA draft?¿Quién fue la elección de Chicago en el draft del NBA?
10. (music) 
a. la púa (F) 
The guitarist threw his pick into the audience after the concert.El guitarrista lanzó su púa al público al terminar el concierto.
11. (tool) 
a. el pico (M) 
Do you need a bigger pick to knock down the wall?¿Necesitas un pico más grande para romper la pared?
The pick broke while I was using it.La piqueta se rompió mientras la estaba usando.
12. (the best) 
a. no direct translation 
These are the pick of European holiday destinations.Estos son los mejores destinos europeos para vacacionar.
This puppy is the pick of the bunch.Ese cachorro es el mejor de todos.
pick
Noun
1. (tool) 
a. el pico (M) 
2. (choice) 
a. no direct translation 
we had first picknos dejaron elegir los primeros
take your pickescoge a tu gusto
the pick of the bunchel/la mejor de todos(as)
transitive verb
3. (choose) 
a. escoger, elegir 
4. (team) 
a. seleccionar 
to pick a fight with somebodybuscar pelea con alguien
5. (flowers, fruit) 
a. recoger 
b. coger (Spain) 
6. (other uses) 
a. no direct translation 
to pick a lockforzar una cerradura
to pick a guitarpuntear
to pick one's nosemeterse el dedo en or hurgarse la nariz
to pick one's teethescarbarse los dientes
to pick a spot/a scabarrancarse un grano/una costra
to pick somebody's pocketrobar algo del bolsillo de alguien
she picked a hole in her jumperse hizo un punto en el jersey (tirando)
7. (fig) 
a. no direct translation 
to pick holes in somethingsacar fallos a algo
to pick somebody's brainsaprovechar los conocimientos de alguien
to have a bone to pick with somebodytener que ajustar cuentas con alguien
intransitive verb
8. (general) 
a. no direct translation 
we can't afford to pick and chooseno podemos andar eligiendo
pick [pɪk]
noun
1 (choice)
he was offered his pick of toys from the store
to have one's pick of sth escoger or elegir lo que uno quiere de algo
she had her pick of the books she could have had her pick of any man in the room here is an actress who could have her pick of any part Klein could have had his pick of the world's top models to [take] one's pick (of from sth)
take your pick! ¡escoja or elija lo que quiera!
take your pick of or from ten luxury hotels escoja or elija el que quiera de entre diez hoteles de lujo
you can take your pick of many beautiful beaches accountants can take their pick of company cars
2 (best)
the pick of sth lo mejor de algo; la flor y nata de algo
the pick of the latest video releases the pick of the catch after a day's fishing these soldiers are the pick of the nation's youth the boys here are the pick of the under-15 cricketers in the country
the pick of the bunch or the crop lo mejor de grupo
next week we look at new video releases and tell you which is the pick of the bunch she was the pick of the crop that graduated in that year Shaun looks the pick of the crop at the moment she uses the pick of the crop from the vegetable garden in her cooking
3 (also pickaxe) (tool) pico (m); piqueta (f)
I got torn and bleeding hands working with a pick and shovel
4 (US) (plectrum) púa (f)
when he played jazz guitar, Montgomery didn't use a pick - he played with his thumb the happy sound of fingers or picks plucking and strumming the strings of a banjo ice-pick: (change hwd to icepick)
transitive verb
1 (choose) (gen) escoger; elegir; [+team, candidate] seleccionar
pick a card, any card escoge or elige una carta, cualquiera
you picked a perfect day for it /he was picked to handle the case/ because of his wide experience of serious crime if we pick your letter you receive a free gift I had deliberately picked a city with a tropical climate next time let's pick somebody who can fight have you picked a dress for the wedding? pick a number which you will easily remember without writing it down have you picked a name yet? they haven't picked the team for the New Zealand tour yet Mr Nowell had picked ten people to interview for six sales jobs in London they will meet next week to pick a candidate for the November election
to pick a fight (with sb) buscar pelea or pleito (con algn); (argue) discutir (con algn)
he picked a fight with a waiter and landed in jail a big, muscular man, a guy only an idiot would want to pick a fight with I wasn't trying to pick a fight with you do you want to pick a fight? you may pick a fight with your spouse, nag the kids and be generally unpleasant to all around you President Bush today denied that the US wants to pick a fight with Iraq
to pick one's way through/across sth abrirse camino cuidadosamente a través de algo
he began to pick his way through the rubble I picked my way through the crowd of reporters they had to pick their way across a minefield I picked my way across the terrace over smashed roof tiles and plaster shoppers picked their way carefully along the icy sidewalks it involved picking our way through files going back 25 years the climbers picked their way along the narrow mountain ledge he began to pick his way over the tumbled rocks he picked his way through the darkness after getting his key at the reception desk, /he had to pick his way through the luggage to reach the lift/ the room was littered with toys - he had to pick his way through she had to hop across ditches and pick her way between large pipes and rolls of wire the path then picks its way over grassy banks below the cliffs she picked her way [among] the puddles
to pick a winner escoger or elegir un ganador; escoger bien
I think she picked a winner with her new boyfriend creo que con su nuevo novio escogió bien
/she helped him pick the winners in a raffle/ for children with leukaemia he said he had a system for picking the winner in the Derby I am hopeless at picking winners
2 (gather) [+flowers, fruit, tea, cotton] coger; recoger; (LAm)
to go strawberry picking ir a coger fresas
how nice of the children to pick her some flowers we picked wild flowers for my wedding bouquet I got a job picking grapes she picked some blackberries for her mother he helps his mother pick fruit I liked helping to pick mushrooms in the wet fields a painting of two girls picking cherries off a tree
3 (lift, remove)
to pick sth [from] sth he picked the volume from the shelf she picked two apples from the basket he picked the napkin from his lap and placed it alongside his plate
to pick sth off the ground recoger algo del suelo
let me pick that bit of fluff off your collar deja que te quite esa pelusa del cuello
he picked his blazer off a chair The dog was contentedly picking the meat off a large marrow bone
to pick o.s. off the floor or ground levantarse del suelo
as I picked myself off the ground I saw him disappear round the corner she picked herself off the floor to pick sth [out] of sth
to pick names out of a hat sacar nombres de un sombrero
he picked the cobwebs out of her hair I picked a book out of the bookcase I pick all the stray bits of meat out of the grinder
4 (make) [+hole] hacer
you've picked a hole in your jersey to pick [holes] in sth you can pick holes in most of his arguments he's constantly picking holes in her reasoning he picked holes in the team's performance against Poland
5 [+scab, spot] toquetear; [+lock] forzar or abrir con ganzúa; [+guitar, banjo] puntear
she started picking a spot on her chin Henry was picking the scab on his elbow Ben had no trouble picking the lock he picked each lock deftly, and rifled the papers within each drawer I learned to pick a five-string banjo at the age of 7 or 8
to pick sb's brains exprimir el coco a algn (informal)
I'd like to pick your brains about something I've come to pick your brains "So what's up?" said Vaughn. "You said you wanted to pick my brains"
their bones had been picked clean by the birds los pájaros habían dejado limpios los huesos
to pick one's nose hurgarse la nariz
Edgar, don't pick your nose, dear
to pick sb's pocket robar algo a algn del bolsillo
areas where little urchins lived out of garbage pails, dealt in stolen goods, and picked pockets
to pick one's teeth mondarse or escarbarse los dientes
he had just had a meal and was picking his teeth after it he took a long knife from his boot and started to pick his teeth with it
intransitive verb
1 (choose) escoger; elegir
you can pick from a range of 36 colours voters can pick from a bewildering number of political parties
to pick and choose ponerse a escoger or elegir; ser muy exigente
you can't pick and choose no puedes ponerte a escoger or elegir; no puedes ser muy exigente
a good secretary can pick and choose her work he can afford to pick and choose his work they can't be allowed to pick and choose which UN resolutions they'll obey private schools can pick and choose which pupils they accept we, the patients, cannot pick and choose our doctors you always did like to pick and choose
2 (examine)
to pick [through] sth
dogs pick through the garbage on the streets los perros hurgan en or por la basura de las calles
survivors of the earthquake picked through the rubble of what used to be their homes a few shoppers picking through the mounds of red pears, ripe peaches and apples
Examples
Verb Conjugations for escoger
Indicative
Irregularities are in red
PresentPreteriteImperfectConditionalFuture
yo
escojo
escogí
escogía
escogería
escogeré
escoges
escogiste
escogías
escogerías
escogerás
él/ella/Ud.
escoge
escogió
escogía
escogería
escogerá
nosotros
escogemos
escogimos
escogíamos
escogeríamos
escogeremos
vosotros
escogéis
escogisteis
escogíais
escogeríais
escogeréis
ellos/ellas/Uds.
escogen
escogieron
escogían
escogerían
escogerán
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