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

Definition of applicant

: one who applies a job applicant

Examples of applicant in a Sentence

We interviewed 30 qualified applicants for the job. have numerous applicants for the job
Recent Examples on the Web Coastal Commission staffer Toni Ross raised similar concerns in a Feb. 23 email to the project applicant, Mark Dillon, a South Pacific Street property owner for more than 20 years. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2022 The applicant, Faisal Farooqui, is proposing to purchase the property and change the format from its current tenant to Sauce & Toss, according to city documents. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Apr. 2022 The only applicant turned down was Harold Shurtleff, a former John Birch Society official who runs a right-wing educational program called Camp Constitution. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 2 May 2022 The applicant must be accepted to an accredited two or four year college or university. Hartford Courant, 28 Apr. 2022 Immigration officials can take into account an applicant's financial resources, health, education, skills, family status and age. Priscilla Alvarez, CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 Board members wouldn't know details about an applicant's criminal history. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, 28 Jan. 2022 Loan officers tend to make decisions based on an applicant's current, not future, income. Next Avenue, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 With demand far outstripping supply, rescue agencies sometimes put prospective dog owners through multiple rounds of interviews, ask for references, and even demand a Zoom tour of an applicant's apartment. The Week Staff, The Week, 15 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of applicant

circa 1742, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Applicant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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