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English definition of “candidate”


noun [C]  /ˈkæn·dɪˌdeɪt, -dɪ·dət/ us  
a person who is competing to get a job or elected to a position: There are three candidates running for sheriff.
noun [U]  /ˈkæn·dɪ·də·si/ us  
She announced her candidacy for governor on the weekend.
(Definition of candidate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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