Meaning

Primary

To Pick Something Up

Alternatives

To Find Something, To Gather Something

Word Type

transitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

This word consists of kanji with hiragana attached. Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means pick up so the verb vocab version is to pick something up.

Reading

ひろう
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The reading is the same as the one you learned with the kanji. Nicely done!

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 〜を拾う
  • 〜で拾う

Common Word Combinations

  • ノイズを拾う
    to pick up noise
    タクシーを拾う
    to get a taxi
    ごみを拾う
    to pick up trash
  • マイクで拾う
    to pick up with a microphone
    自分で拾う
    to pick up oneself

Context Sentences

すてる神あれば拾う神あり。

When one God gets rid of you, another picks you up.

かえりにあそこの歩道で五百円玉を拾いました。

I found a 500 yen coin on that sidewalk on the way back home.

だれかが道端にソファを捨ててたんだけど、まだ使えそうだったから、拾ってきたよ。

Someone threw a couch away on the side of the road, but it still looked useful, so I picked it up.

Kanji Composition