ap·​pli·​cant | \ ˈa-pli-kənt \

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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At Stuyvesant High School and seven other specialized high schools that admit applicants by exam, most students are Asian and white. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Gifted Programs in High-Poverty Districts Aim to Create Pipeline to Opportunity," 9 Feb. 2019 With many college admission offices collecting criminal information on applicants, even a minor infraction can severely limit a young person’s access to a college education. Peter Rezk, Teen Vogue, "America’s Criminal Justice System Is Failing Young People Like Me. Clean Slate Laws Are the Answer," 14 Dec. 2018 So far, discussion has centered mostly on whether the test is an unfair barrier to black and Hispanic applicants, who get few seats at these prestigious schools. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Entry Exam to City’s Top High Schools Underrates Girls, Study Finds," 8 Jan. 2019 The program has already been closed to new applicants, and it’s expected that the Supreme Court, with an eventual five-conservative majority, will rule that the Trump administration had the legal authority to wind down the program in 2017. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump just lost his best chance to kill DACA this year," 31 Aug. 2018 The appeals process — which is typically far more favorable to applicants — can often take years. Fred Clasen-kelly, charlotteobserver, "His bedbug bites are so bad, his doctor told him to move: 'I sprayed Raid on my skin.'," 20 June 2018 Her ruling also encompassed a less publicized legal challenge filed by Kansas voter Parker Bednasek, which is not limited to motor-voter applicants cited in the ACLU and therefore affects all Kansas voters. Fox News, "Federal judge tosses Kansas voter ID law, orders state's top prosecutor to undergo legal training," 19 June 2018 The Drummond Family Is America's 23rd Largest... Best of luck to all the applicants! Southern Living, "Dream Job Alert: The Pioneer Woman is Hiring," 18 June 2018 Georgia State sent notices to those applicants explaining the error. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Georgia State University apologizes for grad school admissions notice mistake," 8 June 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 \

Kids Definition of applicant

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

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