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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Taiwanese billionaire Terry Gou, chairman of iPhone assembler Foxconn Technology Group, declared his candidacy for president of Taiwan, in a marked shift for the island’s politics, his company and, potentially, relations with China. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "iPhone-Assembly Tycoon to Seek Taiwan Presidency After Consulting Sea Goddess," 17 Apr. 2019 But her viral video gave her campaign a jump-start and spread word of her candidacy well beyond her district's boundaries north of Austin. Mary Jordan, Anchorage Daily News, "Women candidates find their weapon: a viral ad that captures their 'magic'," 8 July 2018 Watkins' campaign did not directly answer a question about whether the candidate was aware that his father had set up a PAC to support his candidacy. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Kansas candidate’s father spends $100,000 in effort to get son elected to Congress," 3 July 2018 Subsequent to announcing his candidacy, Jay Inslee spoke openly that global warming will be the key issue for him in the 2020 presidential campaign. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Potential Future First Lady Trudi Inslee," 10 Apr. 2019 Trump has endorsed McMaster, who as lieutenant governor was the first statewide elected official to back his 2016 candidacy, shocking even the closest advisers of the longtime fixture in South Carolina’s establishment GOP circles. Washington Post, "Vice President Pence stumps for McMaster in South Carolina," 23 June 2018 In addition to their candidacies, six other Democrats will compete for the nomination to represent their party against incumbent Larry Hogan in the general election in November. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "These Democratic Candidates Are Trolling Trump in Their TV Ads," 22 June 2018 After Mangione announced his candidacy, the station’s page congratulated him. Libby Solomon,, "Candidate's relationship with talk radio station raises questions about campaign finance," 18 June 2018 Shortly after Ms Rwigara announced her candidacy, nude photographs of her were circulated on the internet. The Economist, "She ran against Rwanda’s president. Now she is in the dock for “inciting insurrection”," 24 May 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 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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