can·​di·​da·​cy ˈkan-də-də-sē How to pronounce candidacy (audio)
plural candidacies
: the state of being a candidate
he is expected to announce his candidacy

Example Sentences

He withdrew his candidacy after the scandal damaged his reputation.
Recent Examples on the Web At issue is the way Riseborough's candidacy was promoted for a movie which has so far grossed a little more than $27,000 at the box office. CBS News, 31 Jan. 2023 At issue is the way Riseborough’s candidacy was promoted. Jake Coyle, Fortune, 31 Jan. 2023 By the time registration for candidacy closed Friday at 5 p.m., 22 people had filed for the seven Assembly seats. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Jan. 2023 The attorney who filed the objection to Trunco’s candidacy is Daniel Kelley, who has represented current Library Board Treasurer Joe Makula in several legal skirmishes related to the library. Caroline Kubzansky, Chicago Tribune, 26 Jan. 2023 The European Union has made Ukraine’s candidacy to join the bloc — one of his important long-term goals — dependent on overhauls concerning the rule of law, justice and corruption. Maria Varenikova, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2023 In last year’s election, Helton’s candidacy received support on 52 percent of the ballots. Wayne G. Mcdonnell, Jr., Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 The subsequent years were a boom time for media, as Donald Trump’s candidacy and presidency and later the pandemic supercharged the news cycle. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2023 Democrats appear to also be on shaky ground in the state's 3rd Congressional District, which will be open due to Banks' Senate candidacy. Alisa Wiersema, ABC News, 23 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of candidacy was in 1693

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Cite this Entry

“Candidacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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can·​di·​da·​cy ˈkan-dəd-ə-sē How to pronounce candidacy (audio)
plural candidacies
: the state of being a candidate
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