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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Netanyahu had courted the candidacy of his old Boston Consulting Group colleague Mitt Romney, Obama’s Republican opponent in the 2012 election. New York Times, "The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran," 4 Sep. 2019 The candidacy of Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska was announced by Grzegorz Schetyna, the leader of Civic Platform, which is the dominant party in the Civic Coalition. Washington Post, "Polish opposition names surprise candidate for prime minster," 3 Sep. 2019 Castro, a former San Antonio mayor and secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration, offered his plan at a critical time for his campaign and the candidacies of others in the Democratic contest. Bill Lambrecht,, "Julián Castro calls for federal gun license, better hate group monitoring," 9 Aug. 2019 Because of this, the policy is seen as actively restricting the candidacies of women and people of color, prompting backlash from numerous progressive groups. Li Zhou, Vox, "House Democrats’ campaign arm is facing an uproar about the lack of diversity among senior staff.," 30 July 2019 Now, after quite a bit of speculation, Valadao has officially announced his candidacy for his former seat. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: L.A.’s top homelessness agency failed to meet most of its goals, a new audit says," 29 Aug. 2019 Getty Images William Weld Weld announced his candidacy for president on April 15. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Meet the Republicans Likely to Challenge Trump in the 2020 Primary," 22 Apr. 2019 Hickenlooper, a geologist by training who started a successful brewery in downtown Denver and then served two terms as the city’s mayor before winning the governorship, announced his candidacy for president in March. Fox News, "Hickenlooper expected to end White House bid Thursday, sources say," 15 Aug. 2019 Dunlap has recommended sheriff’s Chief Deputy Frank Leonbruno, who has already announced his candidacy for sheriff in the 2020 general election. Evan Macdonald,, "Longtime Lake County Sheriff Daniel Dunlap announces retirement," 14 Aug. 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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