- The definition of a candidate is a person who is seen as suitable for a position, who is taking a test for admission or acceptance, or who has been chosen by a political party to run for office.
- An example of a candidate is President George W. Bush when he ran for President.
- An example of a candidate is a person who is taking an admissions test at a private school.
- An example of a candidate is someone being considered for a job.
A candidate gives a speech.
candidate definition by Webster's New World
- a person who seeks, or who has been proposed for, an office, an award, etc.
- a person or thing apparently destined to come to a certain end: a candidate for greatness
Origin: Classical Latin candidatus, white-robed ; from candidus (see candid): office seekers in ancient Rome wore white gowns
candidate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A person who seeks or is nominated for an office, prize, or honor.
- A student who has nearly completed the requirements for a degree.
- One that seems likely to gain a certain position or come to a certain fate: young actors who are candidates for stardom; a memorandum that is a good candidate for the trash can.
Origin: Latin candidātus, clothed in white (from the white togas worn by Romans seeking office), candidate, from candidus, white; see candid.
- canˈdi·da·cy , canˈdi·da·tureˌ noun