Definition of candidate in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkandɪdeɪt
, -dət/


1A person who applies for a job or is nominated for election: candidates applying for this position should be computer-literate the Green Party candidate
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  • He was an unsuccessful candidate in the general election and he came knocking at my door for my vote.
  • I suppose that it was also a good year for many independent candidates in the general election.
  • It is a chance for general election candidates to make a practical difference.
applicant, job applicant, job-seeker, prospective employee;
contender, contestant, nominee, aspirant, possibility, possible;
informal runner
1.1British A person taking an examination: an A-level candidate
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  • It also claims this will also permit it to return copies of marked scripts to schools and candidates.
  • The writer is a doctoral candidate in Teacher Development at the University of Toronto.
  • Examiners and candidates have to manage these hybrid discourses within their conversation.
1.2A person or thing regarded as suitable for or likely to receive a particular fate, treatment, or position: she was the perfect candidate for a biography
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  • Sildenafil was originally identified as a candidate for the treatment of angina.
  • The young soft calf is a likely candidate for respiratory disease if mismanaged.
  • Woods Snr, it has to be said, has never been a likely candidate for the diplomatic service.
informal bet


early 17th century: from Latin candidatus 'white-robed', also denoting a candidate for office (who traditionally wore a white toga), from candidus 'white'.



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  • She will need their cash - it can take tens of millions of dollars to bankroll a presidential candidacy.
  • I first speculated on the possibility of his candidacy back in early October of last year.
  • Potential candidates were asked to declare their candidacy by last night.


noun (British )
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  • He acknowledged that standing as an independent could effectively split the local party, with any members who backed his candidature facing automatic expulsion.
  • On 25 June, however, Redwood confirmed his candidature.
  • He announced his surprise candidature in August 2003, on NBC's Tonight show, eight weeks before the election.

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