Definition of applicant in English:


Pronunciation /ˈapləkənt/ /ˈæpləkənt/

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  • A person who makes a formal application for something, especially a job.

    ‘ applicants for the degree course’
    • ‘a job applicant’
    • ‘Now is the time to take stock and think about what needs to be done for customers, employees and job applicants.’
    • ‘Both applicants have other jobs and all their spare time is spent on this farm.’
    • ‘It's still legal in this country to exclude job applicants on grounds of age alone.’
    • ‘The first stage of reducing the number of applicants for a job is to look at aspects such as loyalty.’
    • ‘For example, Dutch job applicants are apt to undersell themselves in the eyes of Americans.’
    • ‘Present incumbents were required to compete with new applicants for these positions.’
    • ‘If it really is a change for the worse, wouldn't the number of job applicants go down?’
    • ‘Secondly in support of their application the applicants have sought to allege actual use of the mark.’
    • ‘Admittedly the applicants contest the necessity of their arrest for that purpose.’
    • ‘The company has promised to see all applicants who meet the specification for the vacant job.’
    • ‘At interview, the applicant gave an account which he subsequently agreed was false.’
    • ‘It follows that there is a duty on the applicant to present the case against each respondent fairly.’
    • ‘The applicant contends that the council acted unlawfully on a number of grounds.’
    • ‘That is a lot of use to the applicant when the applicant is not in Australia, is it not?’
    • ‘He said there was always four to five applicants per Council house in the Tramore area.’
    • ‘At the moment they seem to have most of the say in planning; the applicants have no say.’
    • ‘The applicants made no submissions on the law or facts in relation to this submission.’
    • ‘There was a ton of applicants, and the seven of us were the final cream skimmed off.’
    • ‘He felt this would be hard to solve as there seemed to be a large backlog of applicants.’
    • ‘The applicant has considered other sites and has rejected them all for different reasons.’
    candidate, interviewee, competitor, contestant, contender, entrant
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Early 19th century from application+ -ant.