verb (used without object), can·di·dat·ed, can·di·dat·ing.
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Origin of candidate
OTHER WORDS FROM candidatecan·di·da·cy [kan-di-duh-see], /ˈkæn dɪ də si/, nounpre·can·di·da·ture, noun
Words nearby candidate
What does candidate mean?
Candidate most commonly means someone who’s seeking to be elected, hired, or appointed to a position, especially a political office or job.
The word candidate most commonly refers to a politician seeking election or a person who has applied for a job. But it can be used in several other ways to refer to someone or something under consideration for some kind of treatment or status.
Example: We have more than 100 applicants, but almost none of them are qualified candidates for this job.
Where does candidate come from?
The word candidate comes from the Latin candidātus, meaning “clothed in white”—a reference to the fact that ancient Roman political candidates often wore white togas (or robes). The related word candid, meaning “outspoken or sincere,” comes from the Latin candidus, meaning “shining white.” The first recorded use of candidate in English comes from the 1600s.
Candidate has been used since then to refer to politicians running for office. Later, candidate began to be used in relation to academics, referring to a student pursuing a particular degree, such as a Ph.D. candidate. The word is commonly used today to mean someone who has applied for a job. Candidate can refer to any applicant for a job, but it is often specifically used for one who is seriously being considered for it.
Candidate can also be used in a more general way to refer to any person being considered for something, as in candidate for surgery (a person who may qualify to undergo a procedure) or candidate for promotion. But candidate isn’t only used for people—things can be candidates, too. For example, a particular expense might be considered a candidate for a budget cut, or a wine may be a candidate for a prize.
The word candidate is often used in the context of official decisions, but it doesn’t have to be. You could say that a movie is a candidate for your top 10 list, or you could tease your friend by saying they’re a candidate for Blockhead of the Year. (If we’re being candid, that seems like what most politicians are running for, too.)
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What are some other forms of candidate?
- candidacy (noun)
- candidateship (noun, primarily British)
- candidature (noun, primarily British)
- precandidacy (noun)
- precanditure (noun)
What are some synonyms for candidate?
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What are some words that often get used in discussing candidate?
What are some words candidate may be commonly confused with?
How is candidate used in real life?
Candidate is most often used in the context of running for political office or applying for a job.
Ask yourself this question. Which of the candidates running for President, win or lose, is going to keep fighting for you and the exact same issues and policy goals they are running on right now?
— Bad John Brown (@BadJohnBrown) October 8, 2019
Take-home design challenges are not a level playing field to evaluate job candidates in design. They are causing more challenges with hiring diverse candidates & tend to discourage highly qualified talent from continuing the process. Stop creating gates, start removing barriers.
— Nick Finck (@nickf) February 22, 2020
What’s happened to Paul George, last year he’s a MVP candidate now he can’t stay consistent..
— 𝓚𝓪𝓷𝓮 💜💛 (@LALPrime) February 25, 2020
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How to use candidate in a sentence
The Democrats have also tried to steer that discontent in their direction — especially Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a long-time registered Independent, who was for a time a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (Ep. 408 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|September 17, 2020|Freakonomics
The announcement that Fraser would indeed attain the long-elusive corner office of a big Wall Street bank was widely celebrated—and kicked off widespread speculation about the most likely next candidates to follow her lead.‘It has to have an impact’: What Citi’s new CEO means for other women on Wall Street|Maria Aspan|September 16, 2020|Fortune
Even that proposal was one that Biden, as a candidate who doesn’t hold elective office, obviously had no power to actually implement.Trump’s incoherent defense of his coronavirus response|Aaron Blake|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Biden holds a similar 22-point advantage on which candidate is more honest and trustworthy, 56 percent to 34 percent.Post-ABC poll and others suggest Minnesota has shifted since 2016, but by how much?|Scott Clement, Dan Balz|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Sinopharm has tested both of these vaccines in the UAE, but it is unclear if the UAE granted emergency approval to one or both candidates.China’s controversial emergency-use program for COVID vaccines is going global|Grady McGregor|September 16, 2020|Fortune
Already, 10 Republicans have declared they will vote for an alternative candidate and more seemed poised to join.
First, they allow Paul to siphon off attention from whichever potential candidate is making news.
A Republican candidate hoping to win red state support could find a worse team to root for than one from Dallas.
Having regional appeal is one thing; simply being a regional candidate is another.
But he should not be judged by his wavering as a presidential candidate.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82|Eleanor Clift|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Colonel left, and in a few days the election coming off, each candidate made his appearance at the critical German polls.
In admitting a member, if no form of election has been prescribed, each candidate must be elected separately.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
This was the point of compass revealed by the astrologer as most favourable to the young candidate for manly honours.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
The Liberal candidate wanted to address the colliers in one of the Lanarkshire towns; but his meeting was very poorly attended.
Though he frankly acknowledged that he preferred the Electoral Prince to any other candidate, he professed.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay