can·​di·​da·​cy | \ ˈkan-də-də-sē How to pronounce candidacy (audio) , ˈka-nə-\
plural candidacies

Definition of candidacy

: the state of being a candidate he is expected to announce his candidacy

Examples of candidacy in a Sentence

He withdrew his candidacy after the scandal damaged his reputation.

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Tricia Krenek this week announced her candidacy for the House District 28 seat, which covers Fulshear and a section of Katy. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Krenek files to replace Zerwas in Texas House," 6 Aug. 2019 Candace Avalos, a student adviser at Portland State University, on Thursday announced her candidacy for the Portland City Council., "Candace Avalos, running as reform candidate, enters Portland Council race," 1 Aug. 2019 In April, Tuberville announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Mark Heim |, al, "Tommy Tuberville on recruiting vs. campaigning and sleeping in his truck," 29 July 2019 Hawley announced his candidacy for Democrat Claire McCaskill’s Senate seat in October of 2017, and promptly flew to New York for another pow-wow with the Kochs. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "Is Josh Hawley For Real?," 25 July 2019 Scherie Murray, a Republican businesswoman originally from Jamaica, announced her candidacy for New York’s 14th congressional district in Queens and the Bronx today. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "AOC’s surprise new Republican challenger was an AOC fan," 17 July 2019 The former Marine fighter pilot, who announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate this week, won't have to worry about money to make that argument. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Amy McGrath: 'If President Trump has good ideas, I'll be for them'," 9 July 2019 Trump defended his words as recently as April, when former Vice President Joe Biden referred to them while announcing his candidacy for the presidency. Ralph Ellis, CNN, "The Charlottesville car attacker gets a life sentence: How we got here," 28 June 2019 Moore announced his candidacy for the Senate seat held by Sen. Doug Jones on June 20. Mike Cason |,, "Survey of GOP voters shows high unfavorable ratings for Roy Moore," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of candidacy

1848, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of candidacy

: the position of a person who is trying to be elected : the state of being a candidate


can·​di·​da·​cy | \ ˈkan-də-də-sē How to pronounce candidacy (audio) \
plural candidacies

Kids Definition of candidacy

: the position of a person who is trying to be elected : the state of being a candidate He announced his candidacy for governor.

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