pick out

pick out  {v.}
1. To choose.
It took Mary a long time to pick out a dress at the store.
2. To see among others; recognize; tell from others.
We could pick out different places in the city from the airplane.
We could not pick Bob out in the big crowd.
Syn.: MAKE OUT (2).
3. To find by examining or trying; tell the meaning.
The box was so dirty we couldn't pick out the directions on the label.
Compare: FIND OUT.
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