Meaning of “candidate” in the English Dictionary

"candidate" in British English

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candidatenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæn.dɪ.dət/ /ˈkæn.dɪ.deɪt/ us /ˈkæn.dɪ.dət/ /ˈkæn.dɪ.deɪt/

B2 a person who is competing to get a job or elected position:

There are three candidates standing in the election.

a person or thing considered likely to receive or experience something:

The English Department is a likely candidate for staff cuts.

B1 UK someone who is taking an exam:

Candidates must write their names on the top page of the exam paper.

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  • How many candidates are there for the job?
  • He was a borderline candidate.
  • Inexperience can work against a candidate looking for a job.
  • We have interviewed some very strong candidates.
  • Nine of the ten candidates were women.

(Definition of “candidate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"candidate" in American English

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candidatenoun [ C ]

us /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
noun [ U ] us /ˈkæn·dɪ·də·si/

She announced her candidacy for governor on the weekend.

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

"candidate" in Business English

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candidatenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkændɪdət/ us

HR, GOVERNMENT a person who is competing for a job or an elected position:

a candidate for sth She's the best candidate for the job.
a good/likely/potential candidate He's highly regarded and has certainly been mentioned as a potential candidate.
a successful/unsuccessful candidate
a congressional/mayoral/presidential, etc. candidate

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

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