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"candidate" in British English

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candidatenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkæn.dɪ.dət/ /-deɪt/
B2 a ​person who is ​competing to get a ​job or ​electedposition: There are three candidates ​standing in the ​election. a ​person or thing ​consideredlikely to ​receive or ​experience something: The ​English Department is a ​likely candidate forstaffcuts.B1 UK someone who is taking an ​exam: Candidates must write ​theirnames on the ​toppage of the ​exampaper.
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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   us   /ˈkændɪdət/
HR, GOVERNMENT a ​person who is ​competing for a ​job or an ​electedposition: 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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