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Definition of picket verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

picket

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈpɪkɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪkɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they picket
BrE BrE//ˈpɪkɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪkɪt//
 
he / she / it pickets
BrE BrE//ˈpɪkɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪkɪts//
 
past simple picketed
BrE BrE//ˈpɪkɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪkɪtɪd//
 
past participle picketed
BrE BrE//ˈpɪkɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪkɪtɪd//
 
-ing form picketing
BrE BrE//ˈpɪkɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪkɪtɪŋ//
 
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[transitive, intransitive] picket (something) to stand outside somewhere such as your place of work to protest about something or to try and persuade people to join a strike 200 workers were picketing the factory. Striking workers picketed outside the gates. See related entries: Pay and conditions at work Word Origin late 17th cent. (denoting a pointed stake, on which a soldier was required to stand on one foot as a military punishment): from French piquet ‘pointed stake’, from piquer ‘to prick’, from pic ‘pike’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: picket

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