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
Recent Examples on the Web Because there’s not enough money for every applicant to be awarded a grant, requests are ranked and judged on criteria including whether the business is in an industry seriously affected by the pandemic. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, "How do I get California’s $600 COVID relief payment and how quickly will it come?," 23 Feb. 2021 City staff confirmed at the meeting, after questioning by Councilwoman Monica Montgomery, that an applicant’s immigration status is not a factor in approval — allowing undocumented renters to access funds. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego approves $92.2M in rent relief," 22 Feb. 2021 If each applicant were to receive the full $1,650 grant, that means about 27,272 people could get a grant. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan workers affected by COVID-19 can apply for money from state," 12 Jan. 2021 The takeaway: No one was sure what evidence the U.S. government was accepting to prove that an applicant was actually Liberian. Dara Lind, ProPublica, "A Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance for Liberian Immigrants Has Been “Hamstrung” by COVID — and Trump’s Dysfunctional Immigration Bureaucracy," 16 Dec. 2020 An applicant must be a Virginia resident who has been registered to vote in the state for the past three years and voted in at least two of the three past general elections. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Six of 8 lawmakers named to Virginia's redistricting commission," 2 Dec. 2020 Vacek said because city ordinance prohibits dispensaries from being within one-and-a-half miles of each other, no other applicant could be awarded a location downtown as long as the special use for Bloom Holdings is in effect. Steve Lord,, "Aurora City Council to vote on downtown marijuana dispensary delay," 23 Oct. 2020 Markhovsky also notes that Greenhill has modified its admissions process so that no applicant is compelled to attend any admissions activity on the campus. David Buice, Dallas News, "Things Old and Things New: How Private Schools in Dallas are Managing COVID-19," 2 Oct. 2020 The new software, in part, will streamline reservations, creating unique barcodes for each applicant. Dallas News, "Dallas County wants to vaccinate 1,000 people an hour. But kinks remain, commissioners say," 2 Feb. 2021

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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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6 Mar 2021

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“Applicant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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