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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National organizations … are putting their thumbs on the scale of complicated primaries to handpick candidates. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Hickenlooper trades presidential primary stage for Durango library," 7 Sep. 2019 Apple is also handpicking the titles for Arcade, and many Apple device owners trust the company to give them convenient and fun video games for their five bucks a month. Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: Apple’s Arcade video game service seeks to upend another business model," 13 Sep. 2019 The party leaders most recently handpicked the borough’s top prosecutor, Darcel D. Clark. Jan Ransom, New York Times, "A Judge Refused to Hire a Party Boss’s Aide. A Demotion Followed.," 7 Sep. 2019 No more than it’s ticking for Kyle Shanahan, who has 53-man roster control and handpicked Lynch as his GM. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers mailbag: Will the line be able to protect Jimmy G?," 3 Sep. 2019 Nagy’s handpicked replacement for Jordan Howard and the centerpiece of the remade running backs group. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Assessing the Bears’ 5 draft picks as the preseason ends: What’s their outlook for the 2019 season?," 30 Aug. 2019 Former President Atambayev handpicked Jeenbekov to become his successor in 2017. Fox News, "Kyrgyzstan ex-president detained after government raid on home; one police officer killed," 9 Aug. 2019 Shortly thereafter, Shenseea handpicked three people from the crowd to participate in a twerking contest. Josh Glicksman, Billboard, "Smino, Shenseea & More Ignite MoMA PS1 Warm Up Crowd," 1 Aug. 2019 Trump handpicked Powell for the job but has since expressed some regret about his choice. Washington Post, "Trump has no plans to fire Fed Chair Powell ‘at the present time,’ Larry Kudlow says," 10 July 2019

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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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