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 Online applicants must supply a driver’s license number or an identification card number issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, as well as their name, address, phone number and email address. USA TODAY, "Jornada del Muerto, Livestrong rebrand, Mach 8 tunnel: News from around our 50 states," 12 Feb. 2020 Under the policy, applicants can choose whether or not to share their SAT or ACT scores with Bellarmine. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "SAT and ACT scores no longer required for Bellarmine University applicants," 11 Feb. 2020 The position drew a wide pool of applicants from both the college and professional ranks, according to a source close to the program. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Vikings' Robert Rodriguez to be named ASU defensive line coach," 10 Feb. 2020 The next day, the Department of Homeland Security responded to a New York state law passed in December that allows undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses while protecting applicants' information from immigration enforcement agencies. CNN, "NYC-DC tensions over sanctuary policy escalate after ICE agent shoots man in the face," 7 Feb. 2020 Ahead of Thursday's meeting, the Milwaukee Police Department declined to answer questions, including about the number of applicants considered for the open posts and why Morales chose these candidates. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Unfair to the taxpayers': Barrett criticizes MPD promotion of formerly retired captain who will now collect at least $190,000 a year," 7 Feb. 2020 Last year’s Proposal Ambassadors, Alex and Liana Borishkevich, were chosen out of over 1,000 applicants. Whizy Kim,, "Finally, A Job You Can Be Married To: Get Paid To Find The Best Proposal Spots in Europe," 4 Feb. 2020 Michigan doesn’t attract many out-of-state applicants. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Shortage of city-manager candidates has Detroit suburb delaying search," 3 Feb. 2020 Half of those applicants were disqualified after failing the criminal background check. Christian Boone, ajc, "Cheating scandal costs 30 state troopers their jobs," 29 Jan. 2020

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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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16 Feb 2020

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“Applicant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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