hand·​pick | \ ˈhan(d)-ˈpik How to pronounce handpick (audio) \
handpicked; handpicking; handpicks

Definition of handpick

transitive verb

1 : to pick by hand as opposed to a machine process
2 : to select personally or for personal ends

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Examples of handpick in a Sentence

They run a farm where you can handpick fresh strawberries. a box of handpicked strawberries The executive handpicked her successor.
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Collaborating with fine jewelry artisans, Frankel handpicked every single pearl from the most recent Southeast Asian harvest. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Bridal Designer Danielle Frankel’s New Jewelry Collection Is Art You Can Wear," 14 Nov. 2018 To make matters worse, Trump’s handpicked FBI director, Chris Wray, testified at the same panel that the White House had known about Porter’s problems for months. Tessa Berenson, Time, "The Rob Porter Scandal Exposed White House Security Risks," 15 Feb. 2018 For example, all items on this boot events page, are handpicked by the site's fashion experts. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "8 Things to Know Before You Buy or Sell on eBay," 14 Dec. 2018 Alongside Nordic illustrator Øyvind Lauvdahl, Navarro was handpicked by the rapper for Converse’s latest Artist Series. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Meet the Young Artist Behind Tyler, the Creator’s Doodle-Covered Chucks," 20 Nov. 2018 Her groom handpicked some of the stems in the bouquet, which was designed by florist Philippa Craddock. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "How Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Compares to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018 The former model got her big break in a comic segment on the French talk show Le Grand Journal and was subsequently handpicked by Steven Spielberg for 2014’s The Hundred-Foot Journey. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Charlotte Le Bon's Radiant Resistance," 20 Apr. 2017 Shoppers can browse through one-of-a-kind dresses, separates, outerwear, and accessories that are handpicked by vintage aficionado Ricky Serbin, owner of the eBay store, Ricky's Exceptional Treasures. Christine Lennon, Harper's BAZAAR, "Shop eBay's Vintage Fashion Vault Sale Now," 6 Dec. 2010 Its decor aims to mimic a regal fantasyland, and has many accents handpicked from around the world by the owners — like tapestries from Dubai and tile from Europe. Taylor Murphy, House Beautiful, "Rapunzel's Castle Isn't Only in a Fairytale," 22 July 2015

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First Known Use of handpick

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of handpick

: to pick (something, such as a fruit) by using your hand
: to choose (something or someone) carefully by yourself instead of letting someone else do it

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