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.

    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.

  2. candidatenoun

    A participant in an examination.

    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

    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

    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  
  2. 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  

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  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. Hillary Clinton:

    This is where I differ with everybody on the Republican side, make no mistake: Not a single Republican candidate, announced or potential, is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship. When they talk about legal status, that is code for second class status.

  2. Jose Vasquez:

    It's like a game in which the referee is a family member of the other team's captain, why would I waste my time ? During his 14 years as president, Chavez racked up repeated ballot-box victories thanks to his charisma and generous spending of Venezuela's oil revenues - much of it on popular health and nutrition programs, as well as on his own electoral campaigns. The opposition has cried fraud in the past without demonstrating evidence of it, including after a 2004 recall referendum that Chavez won. But October's vote included one incident that some opposition sympathizers see as a tipping point : election officials manually changed results at several voting centers in Bolivar state to tip the result in favor of the Socialist Party candidate, according to election center witnesses. The witnesses produced official poll statements from their voting centers showing that the number of votes for the opposition candidate was higher than those reflected in the National Electoral Council figures for those same centers. The elections council - stacked with Maduro's supporters - has never clarified the issue and did not answer Reuters questions regarding the incident. Maduro's government has never commented. . More commonly, the opposition has complained of obstacles that reduce the likelihood of their supporters voting but are difficult to classify as fraud in a traditional sense - such as last-minute changes to the location of voting centers. In the central state of Lara, Alfredo Alvarez learned just days before the October vote that the elections council had changed Alfredo Alvarez voting center - along with that of an estimated 700,000 Venezuelans in 200 voting centers in predominantly opposition areas. Alfredo Alvarez, Alfredo Alvarez, had to drive around the city of Barquisimeto for several hours because Alfredo Alvarez could not get a clear answer on where Alfredo Alvarez was supposed to vote.

  3. New Hampshire:

    Every candidate for President campaigning in New Hampshire should sign Senator Shaheen's pledge and commit to protect the right to vote for everyone in The Granite State, especially the young people now threatened by a new voter suppression law that must be condemned and overturned.

  4. Bernie Sanders:

    Donald Trump must be defeated, and I will do everything in my power to make that happen, on Sunday night, in the first one-on-one debate of this campaign, the American people will have the opportunity to see which candidate is best positioned to accomplish that goal. ... I very much look forward to the debate in Arizona with my friend, Joe Biden.

  5. Jeb Bush:

    If you're a disabled person, it's not very funny when you get disparaged by the leading candidate in the Republican Party. Or if you're a woman and you get disparaged, it's not funny at all, if you're looking for some guy like that, I'm not your guy.

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