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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Ideal applicants will have an existing prototype that can be tested in a real-life airport environment, and ideas that are new to U.S. airports or an extension of an existing service or product to be tested in San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sleeping pods and robots in San Diego airport? Leaders ask startups for more out-of-the-box ideas," 14 June 2019 Others submitted early decision applications; early decision is a binding program that requires applicants to pledge their attendance to a school if accepted. James Wellemeyer, Teen Vogue, "Applying to College Early Is a Privilege Not Every Student Can Afford," 20 Mar. 2019 Over the last few decades, Carnevale said, employers have insisted that entry-level applicants have extensive qualifications and training. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Washington voters don’t think schools prepare kids for careers. The state is trying to change that.," 31 Oct. 2018 To qualify for Lifeline, applicants must either have an income no more than 35 percent above the federal poverty guidelines or participate in at least one federal assistance program like Medicaid. Ryan Barwick, Ars Technica, "Millions could lose cheap phone service under FCC’s overhaul of Lifeline," 4 Sep. 2018 Its rules require applicants to submit a summary of their previous testing experiences (in other places or on private facilities), crashes and other incidents, and to have a safety driver in place during the testing process, among other information. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Massachusetts Welcomes Self-Driving Cars—With a Couple Caveats," 21 June 2018 The entire board favored one new spending item: covering the costs of the college aptitude tests that many colleges require applicants to submit. Howard Blume,, "L.A. school board approves $8.2-billion spending plan amid concerns over future," 20 June 2018 All applicants must have the existing right to work in the United Kingdom. The Economist, "1843 intern," 6 June 2018 That employers continue to require applicants to pass drug tests is interesting considering the tight labor market and the legalization of recreational marijuana in West Coast states. Emily Price, Fortune, "Oregon Employers Can't Find Employees That Can Pass a Drug Test," 1 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 How to pronounce applicant (audio) \

Kids Definition of applicant

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

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having a desire to acquire more things

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