There are 2 main translations of pick in Spanish

: pick1pick2

pick1

elegir, v.

Pronunciation: /pɪk//pɪk/

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(choose, select)

      (number/color) elegir
      (color/number) escoger
      (crew/team) seleccionar
      I don't know which one to pick no sé cuál elegir / cuál escoger / con cuál quedarme
      • to pick a winner (in racing) pronosticar el ganador
      • you really picked a winner with that new secretary la nueva secretaria fue una elección verdaderamente acertada
      • to pick one's way andar con mucho cuidado
      • The two men slowly picked their way through the snow-covered trees and rocks.
      • The farmers here are happy to teach how the leaves are chosen and how to pick them - if guests promise to put the leaves to their baskets.
      • With such a distinguished cast to choose from, they picked the wrong man.
      • There certainly are a number of candidates to choose from when picking the players most likely to come through in key situations.
      • Spotting it, I fell into a low crouch, picking my way slowly over holes and roots.
      • Sabrina had chosen carefully when she picked her school.
      • Alternatively, people pick the first option available to them simply because it's there.
      • I slowly picked my way through the darkened streets until I was at the front door of Jason's hut.
      • I waited for a break in the steady stream of visitors and set off, head down, picking my way slowly and carefully across.
      • It was a case of slowly picking our way down steep hillside, occasionally dislodging small rocks which bounced and rolled to the bush below.
      • The other girl asked him to choose and he picked her.
      • She was carefully picking her way through driftwood and garbage.
      • The site picks the wrong musicians to plead its case.
      • More importantly when women have the chance to pick a director for a project or help to influence who gets chosen, they pick a man.
      • She walked into the living room, picking her way carefully through the darkness.
      • He picked his way carefully through the ferns and knotted roots, focused eyes always straight ahead.
      • We just picked the wrong people to wield the power.
      • When I could walk again I started picking my way down the ridge, stopping a lot, staying on the trail.
      • I have to say that it is a pretty nasty sight, where one has to pick one's way carefully to avoid the mess they leave behind.
      • It was time to choose and they picked the man who would fight.
      • Would it be safe to send them to the islands I mentioned or have they picked the wrong time of year to travel down there?
      • Voters would choose from one candidate picked by the prime minister and 200 others nominated at random from the electoral roll.
      • Sure being popular would be great, but if I had to choose, I'd pick friendship over popularity anytime.
      • You did the wrong thing and you definitely picked the wrong person to do it with.
      • He turned and fled in terror, bumping and scraping several times against the walls he had picked his way along so carefully before.
      • His eyes widened as he saw Claire carefully picking her way around the chatting students and onto the bridge.
      • They carefully picked their way down the ruined staircase and into the basement floor.
      • She continued to creep down the hillside, carefully picking her way down.
      • The options for this include picking specific cities, metropolitan areas, or even a distance radius from a specific point.
      • Without another word, the four strange and unlikely companions set off on foot, picking their way carefully through the field.
      • She smiles as she pays the driver and picks her way carefully through the puddles.
      • I picked my way carefully through the mess and strained to see the new arrival in our backyard.
      • They had, it seemed, picked the wrong person to do it.
      • They were given a free hand in picking the characters and choosing how they should be depicted.
      • Also, maybe I was picking the wrong options in conversations but there was a lot that never got properly explained to me.
      • To tackle the nose and descend the north ridge, negotiate a rocky corner, then carefully pick your way down, keeping left to avoid difficulties.
      • She picked two people to chose their teams, and as predicted, I was chosen last.
      • Thereafter, he seemed to have an unerring knack for picking the wrong script.
      • They were picking their way slowly along the gravel of the stream bed.
      • They picked their way carefully across the road and stepped inside the warm, dry cathedral, pulling the doors closed behind them.

    • 1.2(provoke)

      to pick a fight buscar pelea
      • are you trying to pick a quarrel with me? ¿quieres que discutamos?

  • 2

    (gather)
    (flower) cortar
    (flower) coger Spain
    (tea/fruit/cotton) recoger
    (tea/cotton/fruit) coger Spain
    (cotton/fruit/tea) pizcar Mexico
    he picked her a rose cogió una rosa para ella Spain
    • we went raspberry picking fuimos a coger frambuesas
    • A girl runs frenzied, searching, sometimes stopping briefly to pick some flowers eager but not bright, hopeful and wanting.
    • When the harvest is ready, children from the estate will be invited to pick the fruit.
    • We would buy fresh fruit and pick fresh vegetables from a small garden in the back.
    • On average they take 120 days to grow, and are picked sooner than regular carrots to preserve tenderness.
    • The leaves may also be cooked, which allows slightly older wild plants to be used, but the leaves must always be picked before the plant flowers.
    • Organic soups are often comprised of freshly picked vegetables and beans.
    • Local children will be invited to pick the fruit to encourage them to eat a healthy diet.
    • Observe your vegetables all summer and pick those for seed that are the best - perhaps in yield, taste, disease resistance, vigour or early ripening.
    • The warm, earthy smell of freshly picked vegetables used to pervade the whole atmosphere.
    • Flora dropped a pile of freshly picked fruits next to him.
    • The week normally starts with the farmers picking their fruit and vegetables on Monday.
    • If you want lots of small fruits, keep picking the squashes young.
    • The process consists of reselecting the original azalea seeds, sowing them, letting them flower, picking the best and taking cuttings.
    • At the foot of the garden path she found her eldest sister, picking some of the flowers their gardener had allowed to grow wild there.
    • A flower vase stood on the table, a few freshly picked flowers inserted in it.
    • What should I do with my autumn-fruiting raspberry plants after I have picked the fruits?
    • I went outside and watered them and picked the fruits and vegetables.
    • There was a man outside cutting wood for fire and a woman picking vegetables and fruits from a garden.
    • Meat and fish were curried or peppered in order to preserve them and we picked the abundant fruit that grew in our garden.
    • It has a mild tranquillising effect, which you can experience by merely picking the flower buds and inhaling their scent.
  • 3

    • 3.1(remove matter from)

      to pick one's nose meterse el dedo en la nariz
      • to pick one's teeth escarbarse los dientes
      • don't pick your spots no te toques los granitos
      • the vultures picked the bones clean los buitres dejaron los huesos limpios
      • For example, a child who picks his or her nose may be uncomfortable because he or she has actually stuck an object in the nose.
      • My nephew Trevor is three, and he's a big fan of nose picking.
      • This included advice about regular hand washing, warnings about crowded places, and the dangers of nose picking.
      • The most disgusting thing I encounter is waiters picking their noses or cutting their fingers.
      • He idly picked his nose and then a large spot on his chin that was troubling him.
      • I have read your letter many times, trying to find the turning point in this relationship, and keep coming back to the nose picking.
      • Gone are the days when he insisted, ‘if my nose needs picking, I'll pick it even if the cameras are on me’.
      • Habits such as nail biting, hair twirling, thumb-sucking and nose picking are common and stop naturally in most children by the time they reach junior school.
      • I injured my index finger while picking my nose.
      • These range from lack of concentration, shyness and disobedience to nose picking and whining.
      • Avoid nose blowing, rubbing, or picking while your nose is healing.
      • There is reference, as well, to nose picking, a subject commonly avoided in media.
      • Acne cream and nose picking is not attractive these days.
      • The bleeding should stop and not start again, unless your nose is knocked or picked.
      • And never lick your fingers, pick your teeth, or floss at the table.

    • 3.2(steal from)

      I had my pocket picked me robaron la billetera (/ las llaves etc. ) del bolsillo

    • 3.3(open)

      (with a picklock) abrir con una ganzúa
      (with a hairpin) abrir con una horquilla
      forzar

  • 4informal

    (play)
    (guitar/banjo) tocar
    • Take, for instance, the building repetition of the guitar picking of ‘Back to Mali’.
    • He says his fingers are holding up pretty good after a lifetime of guitar picking and strumming, so he may remain on the road for a few years yet.
    • The Chorus to this number relies on an atmospheric down shift of guitar picking and total distortion.
    • On the album, the guitar picking is so precise that it demands that every painstakingly plucked note be closely listened to.
    • With soft acoustic picking of the guitar behind it, it's a passionate cry for support and help.
    • He is bluesy; his guitar picking is flawless; his lyrics and melodies are touchingly funny.
    • Velvety vocals, sung with tenderly picked guitars and gently played piano occasionally accompanied by some harsh brass made this record.
    • As we came to our first town, he suddenly started picking some demonically fast banjo.
    • In its third section, the piece lands into a melancholy return with a re-established tonic and some layered guitar/autoharp picking.
    • The orchestration then slowly fades out save the gentle guitar picking.
    • ‘Amnesia’ features some great guitar picking from Nicholls over a perfect lazy groove.
    • Other bands have done the single string picking coupled with power chords (for emphasis, of course).
    • The first time I heard his exact guitar picking and gentle voice I was hooked; the sophistication and pop sensibility of his songs left me fuzzy-warm.
    • This time Rory gets to show off his fine guitar picking.
    • Quiet strums and broken, stammering chords suddenly twist into intense breaks of almost classical Spanish guitar and deep south string picking.

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (be selective)
    you can't (afford to) pick and choose no puedes (permitirte el lujo de) ser exigente / de andarte con remilgos
  • 2

    (peck, take bits)
    the hens were picking about in the yard las gallinas picoteaban en el patio
    • they were picking through the rubbish estaban escarbando en la basura

noun

  • 1

    (choice)
    take your pick elige / escoge el (/ los etc. ) que quieras
    • you can take your pick of any dish on the menu puedes elegir / escoger el plato que quieras del menú
    • you have first pick elige / escoge tú primero
  • 2

    (best)
    the pick of sth lo mejor de algo
    • to be the pick of the bunch ser el mejor de todos
  • 3US

    (tip)
    pronóstico masculine
    fija feminine Southern Cone

There are 2 main translations of pick in Spanish

: pick1pick2

pick2

Pronunciation: /pɪk//pɪk/

noun

  • 1

    pickax
    • Their tools were jacks, picks, crowbars, wheelbarrows and handcarts.
    • Even as she swung the pick into the rock, he could see how difficult it was for her.
    • What they have to understand is that this place was once just a hole in the ground cut by teams of labourers with picks and shovels and lots and lots of dynamite.
    • She said it was painful that as a woman she had had to work so hard with a pick.
    • Soon we encountered rocks and went back to get picks.
    • He pulled up on his ice tools, their picks precariously dug into soft snow.
    • The ice at this stage had fused into one large mass and had to be broken with a pick before it could be used.
    • Every one scattered and began hastily pounding on the rock walls with their picks.
    • They worked with picks, breaking up the soil which was then passed through a riddle to recover artefacts.
    • There were picks, shovels, knives, swords and axes.
    • Soon he learnt to recognise, simply from looking at a dried patch of mud, whether it was worth breaking its crust with his pick.
    • To speed the process on rougher surfaces, they also used a scabbling pick, which was similar to an ordinary pick only shorter of handle and stout of casting.
    • Kate slammed her pick into the rock wall of the quarry.
    • Men threw picks, rocks and all sorts of things at the guards.
    • The standard tools of the navvies were picks, shovels and a wheelbarrow.
    • The newer combination entrenching tool added a pick, which helped break up hard soil.
    • The raiders broke in the door of the post office at the corner in the village and tried to dislodge the safe using picks and chisels.
    • The head is welded directly to the shaft, so if the pick breaks, the tool is ruined.
    • But when he came back from lunch break, his pick had been stolen.
    • All day for a week, she and other members of her team scoured the arid landscape for fossils, their only tools a tiny pick and a brush.
  • 2ice pick

    piolet masculine
  • 3

    (plectrum)
    púa feminine
    plectro masculine
    uñeta feminine Southern Cone
    uña feminine Venezuela Mexico
    • He picks up a handful of guitar picks and heads for the checkout.
    • She reached into her pocket, and pulled out a thick black cord with a green guitar pick attached to it.
    • I was leaning against the wall, mindlessly strumming my guitar, my fingers clutching a bright green pick, my hair falling into my eyes.
    • He pushed past the boys that had been talking about getting his guitar pick and swept me up in his arms.
    • She became aware of the guitar pick in her pocket once again, then pushed thoughts of it out of her mind.
    • He had a guitar pick in his mouth and had his facial hair trimmed into a soul patch.
    • He admitted this was only his fourth show without a backing band, which may account for him dropping his pick into the guitar midsong.
    • Laura patted her pockets, finally coming up with her guitar pick and one of Carrie's colored pencils.
    • I went to my drawer where I kept my new strings but all that was in it was a notebook, some pens and guitar picks.
    • With a shrug he got out his pick, shifted the guitar in his lap, and played the notes on the stanzas.
    • Her battered old acoustic guitar lay on her untidily made bed along with several of the Tolkein novels and a box of guitar picks.
    • I grabbed my guitar pick in my hand and started to strum on the chords.
    • Once they found their bags, they stuffed them with everything from clothes and toiletries to spare picks and drumsticks.
    • It was mindblowingly loud when they started attacking the strings with picks, each guitar hooked up to an amp.
    • The strings are made of silk or nylon and are plucked by the artist with picks called plectrum attached to their thumb and first two fingers.
    • He finally picked out everything, from the guitar to picks to the strap and amp, wrote it all down and came up with the exact cost.
    • Pat threw his drumsticks into the crowd, while Jay threw his guitar pick.
    • Jackie smiled at the freshman, holding a guitar in one hand, music in the other, and a guitar pick in between her teeth.
    • He threw a guitar pick at Connor who caught it after 2 attempts.
    • ‘Come in,’ Jason said as he strummed at his electric guitar with a well-worn pick.