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.
Recent Examples on the Web Prioritize content accordingly, and omit details that do not support your candidacy. Dear Sam | Expert Resume, al, "How to build your brand as an emerging young professional," 9 Oct. 2020 Since Sheridan, 62, announced his candidacy for sheriff in 2019, distancing himself from his former boss has been a frequent campaign theme. Uriel J. Garcia, The Arizona Republic, "Paul Penzone, Jerry Sheridan to debate in Maricopa County sheriff's race," 9 Oct. 2020 Farmer announced his candidacy in a letter to his colleagues. Vivian Jones, Washington Examiner, "Farmer to challenge Lamberth for Tennessee House majority leader role," 6 Oct. 2020 Those conversations have made my candidacy very rewarding on a personal level, and incredibly valuable in terms of really knowing what’s in the hearts and minds of the people. Anchorage Daily News, "Candidate Q&A: Alaska House District 28 — James Kaufman," 3 Oct. 2020 Florida’s 38-24 win over South Carolina, surely strengthening his candidacy. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Florida tight end Kyle Pitts deserves some Heisman hype," 3 Oct. 2020 Meijer announced his candidacy before Amash decided to leave Congress. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "More than a name: Peter Meijer faces Hillary Scholten in competitive west Michigan race," 2 Oct. 2020 Late last year, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and City Attorney Dennis Herrera refused to endorse his candidacy for Los Angeles District Attorney. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Los Angeles County DA candidate’s past job as top cop saw crime surge," 2 Oct. 2020 Yet the freakish year of 2020 gave him the chance to outsource his candidacy to the weird cycle of events that drove down Trump’s polls. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Strangest Campaign in History?," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of candidacy

1848, in the meaning defined above

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13 Oct 2020

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“Candidacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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