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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Nearly 90% of small businesses who are hiring or trying to hire workers report that there are few or no qualified applicants, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. The Economist, "Worker shortages could heal America’s economy," 12 July 2018 The note went on to refer would-be applicants to two affiliates: the Miami International University of Art & Design, and The Art Institute of Tampa, which is a branch of the Miami school. David Lyons,, "Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale stops accepting new students as parent pares U.S. operations," 3 July 2018 The screening committee will conduct closed session interviews with some of those remaining applicants in mid-August, before forwarding a list of three or four finalists to selectmen. John Laidler,, "Consulting firm hired to help find new Lexington town manager," 2 July 2018 In some cases when housing alternatives are not available or fall through despite the storm survivor’s best efforts, Barron said, FEMA can provide rental assistance to qualifying applicants, who must continue seeking longterm housing solutions. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "More than 300 days later, FEMA-funded hotel rooms end for Harvey victims," 1 July 2018 Out of a total of 32,733 applicants, only 792 have been granted asylum. Chris Irvine, Fox News, "South Korea fearful Yemeni asylum seekers will exploit visa loophole," 28 June 2018 In a federal court case deciding if Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants, both parties say the evidence is firmly on their side. CBS News, "Harvard accused of ranking Asian-American applicants lowest on "personal qualities"," 15 June 2018 Bauer was chosen from a total of three applicants, all from within the city. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "New assistant Public Works director approved in Aurora," 15 June 2018 The number who became active applicants (7,067) was the lowest since 2012, the report adds. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Trump's Immigration Policies Are Making It Harder for Foreign Doctors to Work in the U.S. — And That Could Hurt Patients," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of applicant

circa 1742, in the meaning defined above

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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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