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UK [ˈkændɪdeɪt] / UK [ˈkændɪdət] / US / US [ˈkændɪˌdeɪt] noun [countable]
Word forms "candidate":
singular candidate plural candidates
1) one of the people competing in an election

the Labour/Liberal/Conservative candidate

a) one of the people competing for a job

The candidate must demonstrate good communication skills.

candidate for:

There were two candidates for the post.

b) one of the people competing for a prize
candidate for:

candidates for the award for best actor

2) a person or thing that is likely to do or be something

They needed a location for the film, and the church was the obvious candidate.

candidate for:

This encounter is a candidate for the tournament's most exciting game.

a prime candidate (= very likely to do something):

She looks like a prime candidate for a nervous breakdown.

3) formal someone who is taking an examination

Candidates may use a calculator.


English dictionary. 2014.

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