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 party establishment learned last year that its ability to point Republican voters toward acceptable candidates and policy positions was severely lacking.
Covington narrows city manager search to 4 The city of Covington has whittled a field of 37 candidates down to four finalists for the open city manager position, the city recently announced.
And then Mephistopheles can blame the governor, and get his little (Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B.) Pritzker puppet in there and the fiefdom is secure again.
In 1962, Palmore, then a judge on the Court of Appeals, was floated as a possible gubernatorial candidate to carry Gov. Bert Combs banner the next year.
Price had found a way to get inside Grover Cleveland’s White House, and presidential candidate William McKinley understood how his bread was buttered.
The shocking tweet is a new low in the ongoing feud between Trump and the two MSNBC anchors, who were often friendly with the Republican presidential candidate during the campaign before their show grew increasingly critical of his policies.
Poe highlights the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debates, which left television and radio audiences with differing opinions about the presidential candidates.
By 2000, Stone had offered his talents to a new candidate: Trump himself.
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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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