hand·pick | \ˈhan(d)-ˈpik \
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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But most members of the committee resisted, saying other interested candidates, who weren’t handpicked by the party establishment, deserved a chance to compete for the seat. Washington Post, "Wife of 80-year-old state senator accompanies him to work each day. Some say she assists him with duties.," 11 Feb. 2018 Maxwell was handpicked for the job by County Executive Rushern L Baker III, who was seeking the Democratic nomination for governor and widely viewed as vulnerable on education issues. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "Maryland schools CEO handed six-figure severance payout," 12 July 2018 Eighteen artists were handpicked by Ms. Jampol in 2016 to tell visual stories about Newark’s culture and heritage. New York Times, "Another Royal Wedding. This One Newark Style.," 15 June 2018 In true After the Final Rose form, the producers have handpicked five of the dudes competing for Becca's heart next season to meet her tonight. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "'The Bachelor' Season 22 Episode 12 Recap: Arie Is Properly Eviscerated on 'After the Final Rose'," 6 Mar. 2018 The homeowners worked with Amy (Bubier) Klosterman from AB Design Elements for the furnishings, and Pam handpicked all the fans, light fixtures and many other elements herself. Ottavia Zappala, azcentral, "Chandler home combines modern decor and outdoor comfort," 19 Apr. 2018 But this isn’t a subscription service: Customers will fill out a survey and a stylist will handpick five items specifically for them. refinery29.com, "Affordable & Ethically Sourced Diamonds You Can Try Before You Buy," 13 July 2018 The Pittsburgh Fraternal Order of Police presented McLay with a vote of no confidence after two years, leading to his resignation after handpicking his successor. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "How the deal likely to make Carmen Best chief of Seattle police came together," 9 July 2018 But President Trump’s handpicked FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, has undone the FCC’s work. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Internet providers' big money leaves a California net neutrality bill 'eviscerated'," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of handpick

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of handpick was in 1831

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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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