Meaning of candidate in English:


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  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said the trust interviews all prospective candidates who apply to live at the almshouses.’
    • ‘The dual system, in which some candidates apply and others are nominated, was singled out as unacceptable.’
    • ‘This is the first time ever in any election where the candidate I vote for will actually win.’
    • ‘Bees United are now seeking nominations from members who wish to stand as candidates in this election.’
    • ‘Chen took candidates for the legislative elections to the temple to pray for success.’
    • ‘This is not the first time the freelance writer has run as a candidate in the legislative election.’
    • ‘I am the only candidate in the recall election who is telling the truth to the working people.’
    • ‘At the last election the Labour candidate took over 60 percent of the vote.’
    • ‘He lost the election in the end to the candidate jointly nominated by the opposition parties.’
    • ‘Training workshops will be held to brief potential local election candidates.’
    • ‘Women have the exact same opportunities as men to become election candidates.’
    • ‘This promises to be an enjoyable night with a number of local election candidates in attendance.’
    • ‘Even candidates who win an election unopposed must have the minimum number of nominations.’
    • ‘In fact, the number of candidates for election to the board exceeded the number of posts to be filled.’
    • ‘The job will be offered to one of the 16 unsuccessful candidates who applied for the job last year.’
    • ‘All candidates standing for election have to declare their knowledge of the rules.’
    • ‘The left needs to meet the challenge of right wing candidates in union elections next year.’
    applicant, job applicant, job-seeker, prospective employee
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    1. 1.1British A person taking an examination.
      ‘an A-level candidate’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are being paid to turn students into exam candidates, aren't they?’
      • ‘This challenge could keep an army of doctoral candidates busy for a long time.’
      • ‘These specifications must be the same for candidates from within the school as external candidates.’
      • ‘I saw my name on the list of candidates who had satisfied the examiners in the final examinations.’
      • ‘Each candidate was assessed by seven examiners, each rating a different consultation on the tape.’
      • ‘He would scribble in the margins of the examination papers to tell the candidate what he had done and why.’
      • ‘Our first step was a visit to a company that grooms candidates for Oxbridge entrance.’
      • ‘Thus there were also 12,000 fewer A-level maths candidates this year than last.’
      • ‘It was a very hot summer term, and candidates for art A-level were invited to compose and draw a still-life.’
      • ‘Scholarship candidates travelling from a distance can be provided with accommodation.’
      • ‘Mr Aceti is a PhD candidate and researcher at Central St Martin's College in London.’
      • ‘An educational system should be judged by how well it serves its pupils as people, not just as candidates.’
      • ‘In a Canadian university, a male and a female candidate were finalists for a tenurable position in philosophy.’
      • ‘Some driving schools offer relaxation techniques to candidates to help combat anxiety.’
      • ‘The end of the course has an examination and internship for all candidates.’
      • ‘The testing of women candidates should be carried out by women examiners, she added.’
      • ‘He is a fine instructor and Ph.D. candidate who happens to also be an outstanding athlete.’
      examinee, entrant
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    2. 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Shaun, son of Geoff, would be a likely candidate for the reconstruction process.’
      • ‘If you are a good candidate for the treatment you will be given the necessary pills.’
      • ‘By the time she hit 18 and a half stone her doctor thought she was a likely candidate for the medication.’
      • ‘Maybe you should find a suitable candidate for this very meaningful task.’
      • ‘This was the time of a certain Ambrosius Aurelianus who is a likely candidate for King Arthur of legend.’
      • ‘By virtue of his profession, he might be a likely candidate for the painting's patron.’
      • ‘He is a candidate for a top ten overall position because of the newly added time trial.’
      • ‘The best candidate for boosting the supply of gold, however, is hedging.’
      • ‘Opinion polls identified her as the nation's most popular minister and a realistic candidate for the top job.’
      • ‘It will please fans and is an obvious candidate for a second single.’
      • ‘Daly, with his interest in the regeneration of old buildings, was an obvious candidate for designer.’
      • ‘It is, of course, an advantage that Scotland is a strong candidate for the European Championship.’
      • ‘You don't strike me as a good candidate for this type of arrangement, not at the moment anyway.’
      • ‘Eileen's bubbly personality makes her an ideal candidate for setting up such a group.’
      • ‘He was, in fact, a prime candidate for arrest and removal from the scene.’
      • ‘Well I don't know if an artist like myself would make such a great candidate for leadership.’
      • ‘Croatia is now officially a candidate for entry to the European Union, it was announced in Brussels.’



/ˈkandɪdeɪt/ /ˈkandɪdət/


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