What does candidate mean?

Definitions for candidate
ˈkæn dɪˌdeɪt, -dɪtcan·di·date

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. campaigner, candidate, nomineenoun

    a politician who is running for public office

  2. candidate, prospectnoun

    someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.)


  1. candidatenoun

    A person who is running in an election or who is applying to a position for a job.

  2. candidatenoun

    A participant in an examination.

  3. Etymology: From candidatus, the perfect passive participle of candidare, from candidus, in reference to Roman candidates wearing bleached white togas as a symbol of purity at a public forum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Candidatenoun

    one who offers himself, or is put forward by others, as a suitable person or an aspirant or contestant for an office, privilege, or honor; as, a candidate for the office of governor; a candidate for holy orders; a candidate for scholastic honors

  2. Etymology: [L. Candidatus, n. (because candidates for office in Rome were clothed in a white toga.) fr. candidatus clothed in white, fr. candiduslittering, white: cf. F. candidat.]


  1. Candidate

    Candidate are an indie band from the United Kingdom, whose music has been described as folk rock, "full of gentle, dark soundscapes" and an "overflowing sink".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Candidate

    kan′di-dāt, n. one who offers himself for any office or honour, so called because, at Rome, the applicant used to dress in white.—ns. Can′didature, Can′didateship, Can′didacy. [L. candidatus, from candidus.]

Editors Contribution

  1. candidate

    1) a person who applies for a job or is nominated for election. 2) a person or thing regarded as suitable for or likely to receive a particular fate, treatment, or position.

    1) This year's candidates for Mayor are: 2) I think a suitable candidate for this position is among the people in this room.

    Submitted by Soulwriter on June 2, 2021  
  2. candidate

    A person proposing to be elected.

    He would love to be elected, that is why he choose to run for election.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'candidate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2560

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'candidate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4140

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'candidate' in Nouns Frequency: #596

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of candidate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of candidate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of candidate in a Sentence

  1. Amesh Adalja:

    This is part of the idea of not having just one vaccine candidate going forward, it gives you a little more insurance.

  2. Lawrence Lessig:

    Yet though every major candidate in the Democratic primary for president has acknowledged this corruption, so far every one of them just puts it to one side.

  3. Matt Kibbe:

    One in a while, you discover a presidential candidate who has the potential to change the political conversation, to elevate key issues in voters’ minds, and disrupt and transform a tired Republican brand, once in a lifetime, maybe, you will have an opportunity to support a transformative candidate who can do all of these things, and win.

  4. Karen Kaiser:

    After careful deliberation and exhausting our other options, The Associated Press is taking the necessary legal steps to gain access to these important documents, which will shed light on actions by the State Department and former Secretary Clinton, a presumptive 2016 presidential candidate, during some of the most significant issues of our time, the press is a proxy for the people, and AP will continue its pursuit of vital information that's in the public interest through this action and future open records requests.

  5. George Papadopoulos:

    My recollection was that the senator was actually enthusiastic about a meeting between the candidate and President Vladimir Putin.

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