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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To qualify to receive funds, applicants must be a renter or property owner in historic Ellicott City, own or operate a business in historic Ellicott City or be an employee of a business in historic Ellicott City. Cody Boteler,, "Catonsville dealership joins with Ellicott City Partnership to help flood victims purchase vehicles," 5 July 2018 Generally, to apply for naturalization, applicants must be at least 18 years old, be a lawful permanent resident for at least five years with a green card, be able to speak, write and read English, and meet many other eligibility requirements. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "Mesa to celebrate Fourth of July with fireworks, naturalization ceremony for new citizens," 2 July 2018 Interested applicants must be U.S. citizens, registered voters or high school seniors in good standing, able to speak, read and write English, and skilled in math. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 29 June 2018 The applicants are Bert Andrade, Harold Aranda and Vilavanh Sanginthirath. David Hernandez,, "National City military advisory board has not met since it was created last year," 27 June 2018 If the funding issue is resolved, Adams said applicants will be ready to step forward. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS receives no charter school applications, but law leaves door open," 21 June 2018 Mayor James Berlin said Friday that the city is now considering removing one or both officers but that applicants are hard to find. Anchorage Daily News, "From criminal to cop, and back again, in Alaska’s most vulnerable villages," 9 June 2018 But many jobs remain unfilled specifically because applicants are unable to pass a drug test, the office said. Emily Price, Fortune, "Oregon Employers Can't Find Employees That Can Pass a Drug Test," 1 June 2018 To qualify, applicants must be a first-time homebuyer, have a willingness to partner, volunteer 240 to 360 hours of sweat equity, and have financial and situational need. Linda Greenstein,, "Habitat taking applications for four homes in Andover," 31 May 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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