can·di·da·cy | \ˈkan-də-də-sē, 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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Manning, whose prison sentence for leaking classified information was commuted by President Barack Obama, announced her candidacy in January, but her campaign has faltered since then. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "These Are the Crucial Primary Races You Should Be Watching Today," 26 June 2018 In a video announcing her candidacy, Fried made clear that the state’s fumbling of the medical marijuana issue will be a top campaign point for her, along with tighter regulation of semi-automatic rifles. Dan Sweeney,, "Florida Cabinet races will feature three Broward candidates," 22 June 2018 The confrontation in 1804 stemmed from their long-standing rivalry, which intensified after, Burr claimed, Hamilton foiled his candidacy for New York governor. Erin B. Logan, Washington Post, "Alexander Hamilton, immigrant and statesman, dies at 47 — or 49," 12 July 2018 His blue-collar roots have defined his candidacy, starting with his launch video. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Ironworker Randy Bryce being paid undisclosed amount by Democratic firm," 11 July 2018 As Vox’s Kay Steiger wrote, Ocasio-Cortez did not try to moderate her stances on issues throughout her candidacy. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just won a House primary as a write-in — for a district she wasn’t intending to run in," 11 July 2018 How Levine made his money, and where his investments are, have real implications on his candidacy and on his potential tenure. David Smiley, Joey Flechas And Danny Rivero, miamiherald, "Hustle and Flow: How Philip Levine made the money that’s financing his bid for governor," 10 July 2018 Texans are also fueling his candidacy: 46 donations came from the Lone Star State, mostly from Houston. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Most donations to Joe Arpaio's U.S. Senate campaign come from California," 8 July 2018 Mina discusses his candidacy for Orange County sheriff and how schools are working to better secure their campuses. Hal Boedeker,, "Jeff Greene, John Mina: Weekend TV guests," 5 July 2018

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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 \
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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