Candidate Definition

kăndĭ-dāt, -dĭt
candidates
noun
candidates
A person who seeks, or who has been proposed for, an office, an award, etc.
Webster's New World
A student who is near to completion of the requirements for a degree.
Webster's New World
A person or thing apparently destined for, or likely to come to, a specified end.
He's a good candidate for a heart attack.
Webster's New World
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 person who is running in an election or who is applying to a position for a job.

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Synonyms:
prospectnomineecampaignerstriverseekerpostulantpostulancypostulanceoffice-seekerhopefulcontestant(for an office)contenderchoicebidderaspirant
Antonyms:
voter
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Other Word Forms of Candidate

Noun

Singular:
candidate
Plural:
candidates

Origin of Candidate

  • 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

  • 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

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