Meaning of “applicant” in the English Dictionary

"applicant" in American English

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applicantnoun [ C ]

us /ˈæp·lɪ·kənt/

applicant noun [ C ] (REQUEST)

a person who formally requests something, such as a job or admission to a college or university

(Definition of “applicant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"applicant" in Business English

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applicantnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæplɪkənt/ us

HR someone who has applied for a job, a place on a course, etc.:

Many applicants simply don't meet hiring requirements.
The course is popular - it has five applicants for every place.
Successful applicants will be notified in writing.

FINANCE someone who has applied to get something such as a loan or shares:

Lenders say they treat all applicants the same.

someone who has officially asked for permission to do something:

an applicant for sth Applicants for planning permission need to follow the correct procedures.


(Definition of “applicant” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)