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English definition of “applicant”

applicant

noun [C]     /ˈæplɪkənt/
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.
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(Definition of applicant noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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