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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Trump picked on Biden over verbal stumbles even before the Democrat formally announced his candidacy. Los Angeles Times, "Joe Biden’s childhood struggle with a stutter: How he overcame it and how it shaped him," 16 Sep. 2019 In the nearly six months since the former vice president announced his presidential candidacy, he has consistently led by a wide margin in polls of Democratic voters., "We need to talk about Joe Biden.," 15 Sep. 2019 Preckwinkle, who had no opponent and won that race overwhelmingly, didn’t announce her candidacy in the 2019 race for mayor of Chicago until September 2018. Eric Zorn,, "Column: Anne Burke, just picked as state Supreme Court chief justice, still hasn’t explained that matter of the fundraiser for Toni Preckwinkle," 12 Sep. 2019 Trump is officially facing GOP primary challenges from former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who announced his White House bid in April, as well as from former Rep. Joe Walsh, who announced his candidacy in August. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Republicans in 4 states may cancel their 2020 primaries to support Trump," 7 Sep. 2019 Republicans are joining the fray (Joe Walsh announced his candidacy over the weekend), the real race is starting to take shape. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US presidential race just got a lot more real," 29 Aug. 2019 Robertson-Bayless, a resident of Marshall Avenue, announced his candidacy not long after Nelson championed an effort to rezone West Marshall Avenue for denser housing. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "28 candidates file for 7 seats on the St. Paul City Council, and here they are," 25 Aug. 2019 Brunner announced her candidacy somewhat unceremoniously over the weekend, breaking the news to a meeting of county-level Democratic Party chairs in Columbus. Andrew J. Tobias,, "With control of Ohio Supreme Court up for grabs in 2020, Democrat Jennifer Brunner announces run," 19 Aug. 2019 Standing in his way most centrally is Biden, who’s led all the polls since announcing his candidacy. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Bernie Sanders versus the “corporate media,” explained," 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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