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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Fans and friends of Prince gathered in Los Angeles on Thursday night to celebrate the release of Originals, an album of 15 demos handpicked by Jay-Z and Troy Carter on behalf of the Prince Estate, available exclusively on Tidal today. Essence, "Posthumous Prince Album Released On Tidal With Star-Studded Celebration," 7 June 2019 Enjoy these 10 ways to celebrate the cutaneous system that pulls you together, all handpicked by — you, actually. Allure, "10 Bath and Body Care Winners From the 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 14 May 2019 Saturday's packed service also featured eulogies by two others Bush had handpicked: longtime friend Susan Baker, wife of former Secretary of State James Baker, and historian Jon Meacham, who wrote a 2015 biography of husband George H.W. Bush. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "Barbara Bush remembered at funeral for her grit, grace and humor," 21 Apr. 2018 The Moranbong Band was known for performing Western pop songs and North Korean revolutionary standards in tight dresses and high heels, and its roughly 20 members were reportedly handpicked by Mr. Kim. Gerry Mullany, New York Times, "North Korea’s About-Face? It’s a Return to Form," 16 May 2018 Lawmakers who were handpicked by Mr. Macron to run for his party have provided unflinching support for his agenda until now. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "Protests Threaten Macron’s Campaign to Remake France," 9 Dec. 2018 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

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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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