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English definition of “candidate”

candidate

noun [C]    /ˈkæn·dɪˌdeɪt, -dɪ·dət/
a person who is competing to get a job or elected to a position: There are three candidates running for sheriff. candidacy    /ˈkæn·dɪ·də·si/ noun [U] She announced her candidacy for governor on the weekend.
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