ap·​pli·​cant ˈa-pli-kənt How to pronounce applicant (audio)
: 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 In April, CalMatters reported that an official in the state chancellor’s office told the publication that in January of this year, 25% of applicants to the state community college system were suspected to be fraudulent. Kim Rich, Orange County Register, 20 May 2024 Creditors don't verify the age of applicants, so a bad actor could potentially open a credit card without anyone noticing until the kid becomes an adult and wants a card of their own. Andrew Limbong, NPR, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for applicant 

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Word History


applicate "to apply, put to use" (borrowed from Latin applicātus, past participle of applicāre "to bring into contact [with], situate near, bring to bear [on]") + -ant entry 1 — more at apply

First Known Use

circa 1742, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of applicant was circa 1742

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“Applicant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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ap·​pli·​cant ˈap-li-kənt How to pronounce applicant (audio)
: one who applies for something
an applicant for work

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