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

transitive verb

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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of handpick was in 1831

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“Handpick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handpick. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


hand·​pick ˈhan(d)-ˈpik How to pronounce handpick (audio)
: to select personally
a handpicked successor

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