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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Listen carefully to how your applicant describes his former employers and job situations. Anchorage Daily News, "How not to hire a narcissist," 9 Sep. 2019 Bartolotta went a step further and suggested creating a pilot program where the city would hire employees without seeing the name or gender of the applicant and solely base the hiring decision on qualifications. Kathleen Mcwilliams,, "Here’s what the four Democrats running for mayor in Middletown had to say at Thursday’s candidate forum," 6 Sep. 2019 One job listing provider, iCIMS, says that the tool is now the third-largest source of referrals to its clients’ pages, and its applicants are more likely to be hired. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Google’s job search tool faces complaints from rivals in Europe," 13 Aug. 2019 The latest is Capital One, a big American bank with a market capitalisation of $42bn, which on July 29th revealed that a hacker had stolen personal and financial details of 106m credit-card customers and applicants. The Economist, "The Exxon Valdez of cyberspace," 8 Aug. 2019 City staff members on Tuesday said the process can be paused if Messina, the landmark applicants and the city’s landmark preservation commission all agree to take a break. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Historic status of Tom’s Diner up to Denver City Council as owner confirms plans to close," 7 Aug. 2019 Leaders of House and Senate committees want Capital One and Amazon to explain to Congress how a hacker accessed personal information from more than 100 million Capital One credit card customers and applicants. Washington Post, "Congress wants Capital One, Amazon to explain data breach," 2 Aug. 2019 Employers spend large sums on drug tests for job applicants and workers and suffer from poor performance by workers with addiction problems. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Drug addictions sap economy but vary regionally," 21 July 2019 Faulconer also created a review board to evaluate applicants and interview finalists, mostly tapping his aides and registered Republicans, in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans by nearly 2-to-1. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Longtime City Hall staffer may become San Diego auditor after national search," 6 July 2019

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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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