ap·​pli·​cant | \ ˈa-pli-kənt How to pronounce applicant (audio) \

Definition of applicant

: one who applies a job applicant

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Examples of applicant in a Sentence

We interviewed 30 qualified applicants for the job. have numerous applicants for the job

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But drug-war passions are fading and job applicants are hard to find. Mark A.r. Kleiman, Vox, "Is it time to do away with job applicant drug testing?," 27 July 2018 From the pool of applicants, 10 finalists will be selected to compete for a $400,000 grand prize and two $150,000 runner-up prizes, plus a year of mentorship from fashion industry insiders. Vogue, "Are You the Next Big Thing in Fashion? Apply for the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund," 15 Mar. 2019 The move to do away with the guidelines comes as the Justice Department looks into whether Harvard discriminated against Asian-American applicants by holding them to a higher standard during its admissions process. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Trump administration is breaking from Obama-era affirmative action policies," 2 Oct. 2018 More recently, in November, the Department of Justice threw its weight behind a group called Students for Fair Admissions suing Harvard on the grounds that its affirmative action policies allegedly discriminated against Asian-American applicants. Monica Rodriguez, Fortune, "Obama-Era Guidelines on Using Race in College Admissions Decisions To Be Reversed by Trump Administration," 3 July 2018 Some experts have suggested that Predictim’s software might violate state-level bans on employers demanding access to the social media accounts of job applicants. James Vincent, The Verge, "Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter limit data access for AI-powered babysitter background checks," 29 Nov. 2018 The court has ruled that colleges and universities can use affirmative action to help minority students get into school, but conservatives over the years have argued that these programs hurt the chances of white and Asian-American applicants. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Trump administration is breaking from Obama-era affirmative action policies," 2 Oct. 2018 Thousands of applicants are reviewed each week but only about 30 percent hit our standards. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: Joe Zadeh, Airbnb's Ninth Employee and VP of Experiences, Wants to Be Your Travel Agent," 26 Sep. 2018 Tonight’s primaries will be a showdown; a Japanese medical school was caught rigging its exams in favor of male applicants. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: An all-out brawl," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of applicant

circa 1742, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of applicant was circa 1742

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English Language Learners Definition of applicant

: someone who formally asks for something (such as a job or admission to a college) : someone who applies for something


ap·​pli·​cant | \ ˈa-pli-kənt How to pronounce applicant (audio) \

Kids Definition of applicant

: a person who applies for something (as a job)

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