candidacy

noun
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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Now that Hart’s candidacy has been put to bed, the Academy has to figure out what an Oscars will look like in 2019 without a host. Vogue, "For the First Time in 30 Years, It Looks Like the Oscars Will Happen Without a Host," 9 Jan. 2019 According to the lawsuit, Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski helped direct donations to veterans from the Trump Foundation, in an apparent attempt to promote Trump’s candidacy. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump Foundation shuts down amid lawsuit alleging a “shocking pattern of illegality”," 18 Dec. 2018 Many attribute his sudden support of legalizing recreational marijuana and proposing a ban of single-use plastics to Nixon’s candidacy. Sarah Emily Baum, Teen Vogue, "Why Do Candidates Run for Office When There’s Little Chance They Can Win?," 7 Nov. 2018 Attorney Will Lawrence filed a formal objection to Orman’s candidacy Monday with the Kansas secretary of state’s office. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "What happened to coal," 21 Aug. 2018 Khalsa’s candidacy was a sign of the group’s hopes for political resurgence. Sayed Salahuddin, BostonGlobe.com, "Spate of attacks in eastern Afghanistan marks push by Islamic State militants," 11 July 2018 Khalsa’s candidacy was a sign of the group’s hopes for political resurgence. Washington Post, "Spate of attacks in eastern Afghanistan marks push by Islamic State militants," 11 July 2018 The comments appear to have mollified investors and others who opposed Lopez Obrador’s candidacy and were wary of his sometimes-strident populist rhetoric. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Mexico's Lopez Obrador taps longtime loyalist as nominee for top diplomat and invites Trump to inauguration," 6 July 2018 Green’s candidacy may appear to be a losing battle, but activists have proven to be formidable in recent elections. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Chicago Activist Rides Progressive Wave in Mayor's Race," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of candidacy

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of candidacy was in 1848

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candidacy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of candidacy

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

candidacy

noun
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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