Definition of candidate
1a : one that aspires to or is nominated or qualified for an office, membership, or award a candidate for governor a candidate for "Manager of the Year" the best candidate for the jobb : one likely or suited to undergo or be chosen for something specified a candidate for surgery
2 : a student in the process of meeting final requirements for a degree a PhD candidate
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Examples of candidate in a Sentence
Candidates can apply in person or send a resume.
a Ph.D. candidate in linguistics
The program has several doctoral candidates.
Recent Examples of candidate from the Web
The appointment is a boon for Ashley, who has struggled to attract a suitable candidate against a backdrop of concern over corporate governance and working practices.
Fifty years ago, the future presidential candidate faced down death repeatedly as a Navy fighter pilot during the Vietnam War.
Both candidates in the 2008 presidential election backed its closure.
In the years leading up to the 2008 law change, big donors formed multiple committees to skirt limits and funnel money to candidates.
And some Republicans privately concede that Keirstead is a strong candidate.
There were seven candidates vying for the position and interviews just wrapped up, CBS DFW reports.
The Hoosiers have some pieces in place, but new coach Archie Miller is restocking the shelves, and Langford, a 6-foot-5 wing and a sublimely smooth scorer, is the perfect candidate to be the face of Miller's reshaped roster.
During a meeting last month, candidates faced questions from the board.
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Roman Fashion Is Responsible for candidate
When a person running for public office in ancient Rome greeted voters in the Forum, the center of judicial and public business, he wore a toga that had been whitened with chalk. As a result, the Latin word for someone seeking office came to be "candidatus," meaning literally "clothed in white." "Candidatus," in turn, comes from the adjective candidus, meaning "white." "Candidatus" was adopted into English as "candidate" at the beginning of the 17th century.
Origin and Etymology of candidate
Latin candidatus, from candidatus clothed in white, from candidus white; from the white toga worn by candidates for office in ancient Rome
First Known Use: 1600See Words from the same year
CANDIDATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of candidate for English Language Learners
: a person who is trying to be elected
: a person who is being considered for a job, position, award, etc.
: a person who meets all the requirements for something
CANDIDATE Defined for Kids
Definition of candidate for Students
1 : a person who is trying to be elected a presidential candidate
2 : a person who is being considered for a position or honor a job candidate
History for candidate
A person campaigning for public office in ancient Rome traditionally wore a toga that had been whitened with chalk when he greeted voters in the Forum. Hence the Latin word for an office seeker came to be candidatus, literally meaning “wearing white”; this word itself comes from the adjective candidus, “white, bright.” In the 1600s the word candidatus was borrowed into English to denote someone aspiring to an office, job, or honor.
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