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[ap-li-kuh nt]
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  1. a person who applies for or requests something; a candidate: an applicant for a position.
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Origin of applicant

First recorded in 1475–85, applicant is from the Latin word applicant- (stem of applicāns applying, present participle of applicāre). See apply, -ant
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  1. a person who applies, as for a job, grant, support, etc; candidate
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin applicāns, from applicāre to apply
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Word Origin and History for applicant


"one who applies," late 15c., from Latin applicantem (nominative applicans), present participle of applicare (see apply).

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