Candidate meaning

kăndĭ-dāt, -dĭt
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A person who seeks or is nominated for an office, prize, or honor.
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A person or thing apparently destined for, or likely to come to, a specified end.

He's a good candidate for a heart attack.

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A student who is near to completion of the requirements for a degree.
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A person who is running in an election or who is applying to a position for a job.
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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.

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A student who has nearly completed the requirements for a degree.
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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.

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A person who seeks, or who has been proposed for, an office, an award, etc.
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Something or somebody maybe suitable for or in danger of something or somebody.
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Origin of candidate

  • Latin candidātus clothed in white (from the white togas worn by Romans seeking office), candidate from candidus white candid

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin candidātus (“a person who is standing for public office”), the perfect passive participle of candidare, from candidus (“candid, white”), in reference to Roman candidates wearing bleached white togas as a symbol of purity at a public forum.

    From Wiktionary