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"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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"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 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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