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Definition of the noun candidate

What does candidate mean as a name of something?

Candidate is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: candidates

  1. a politician who is running for public office
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of candidate: campaigner / nominee
    • more generic terms: pol / political leader / politician / politico = a person active in party politics
    • more specific terms:
      • dark horse = a political candidate who is not well known but could win unexpectedly
      • favorite son = a United States politician favored mainly in his or her home state
      • running mate = a nominee for the lesser of two closely related political offices
      • spoiler = a candidate with no chance of winning but who may draw enough votes to prevent one of the leading candidates from winning
      • stalking-horse = a candidate put forward to divide the Opposition or to mask the true candidate
      • write-in candidate / write-in = a candidate for public office whose name does not appear on the ballot and so must be written on the ballot by the voters
  2. someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.)

Alternative definition of the noun candidate


  1. A person who is running in an election or who is applying to a position for a job.
  2. A participant in an examination.


"Candidate" a.k.a. "The Candidate" is a 1972 American satirical comedy-drama film starring Robert Redford and Peter Boyle, and directed by Michael Ritchie. The screenplay, which examines the various facets and machinations involved in political campaigns, was written by Jeremy Larner, a speechwriter for Senator Eugene J. McCarthy during McCarthy's campaign for the 1968 Democratic Presidential nomination.


  1. Candidate is a fictional character from the 2010 film Relentless.
  2. Candidate is a fictional character from the 1980 film Where the Buffalo Roam.
  3. Candidate is a fictional character from the 2011 film The Orator.

There are other characters with in their name, like Job Candidate and Political candidate.


"Candidate" is a song written by David Bowie in 1973 and intended for his never-completed musical version of Nineteen Eighty-Four. A radically different version, with completely different lyrics and music, was released on the album Diamond Dogs in 1974 as part of a medley that split the song "Sweet Thing" in two. The only lyric shared in the two different versions are the key phrases "I'll make you a deal" and "pretend I'm walking home".


Candidate are an indie band from the United Kingdom, whose music has been described as folk rock, "full of gentle, dark soundscapes" and an "overflowing sink".


  1. Candidate: A candidate is the prospective recipient of an award or honor or a person seeking or being considered for some kind of position; for example: to be elected to an office — in this case a candidate selection procedure occurs. to receive membership in a group "Nomination" is part of the process of selecting a candidate for either election to an office, or the bestowing of an honor or award.
    • also known as 參選人
  2. Candidate is the name of various academic degrees, chiefly in Scandinavia and the post-Soviet states. In Scandinavia, it's a higher professional-level degree usually corresponding to 5–7 years of studies, whereas in the post-Soviet states, it's a research degree roughly equivalent to an American PhD.

Phrases with Candidate

  1. job candidate
  2. Paper candidate
  3. Private candidate
  4. Release Candidate
  5. write-in candidate
  6. Darkhorse Candidate
  7. Manchurian Candidate

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Candidate

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Google previewNeural Development and Stem Cells (2012)

by Scott Lipnick, Melissa Carpenter, Mohan C. Vemuri

One stem cell candidate is a subset of the heterogeneous class of basal cells called globose basal cells that are unique to the olfactory epithelium. The other stem cell candidate is the population of horizontal basal cells, which closely ...

Google previewOur School (2015)

The Inspiring Story of Two Teachers, One Big Idea, and the School That Beat the Odds by Joanne Jacobs

The first candidate is an accountant who's traveled widely. Nobody can envision him coping with the...

Google previewBefriending The Beloved Disciple (2002)

A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John by Adele Reinhartz

A second candidate is the narrator, the voice that tells the story itself. This voice is present within ...

Google previewPhilosophy of Psychology (2012)

by Mario Bunge, Ruben Ardila

If the solution candidate is a hypothesis or a theory, compute predictions or retrodictions; if new data, examine the effect they may have on existing ideas; if new experiments or ...

Google previewThe Fragmentation of Being (2017)

by Kris McDaniel

The fourth candidate is a traditional theistic answer that essences are ideas in the mind of God.

Google previewThe Judicial Dictionary: Judicial dictionary (1903)

by Frederick Stroud, Elsie May Wheeler, John McDonald Burke

nation being past, the nominee remains a “ Candidate ” in spite of himself, and all the machinery of an election must go on, and that that would be the nominee's fault; it may be replied, that the fault is equally the returning officer's for not having ...

Google previewAn Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents Other Than Court Forms (1907)

WHEREAS the candidate is a candidate for Parliament at the election to be holden at on the day of and is desirous ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Kentucky (1999)

by Nancy Capace

unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1896; ...

Google previewMichigan Biographical Dictionary: A-I (1998)

by Caryn Hannan

was an unsuccessful candidate ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Iowa (1995)

frequent, unsuccessful Republican candidate for state and national office; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James W. Grimes and served from January 18, 1870, to March 3, ...

Google previewWest Virginia Biographical Dictionary (1999)

by Jan Onofrio

was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1848 to the Thirty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law; appointed Charge d' Affaires ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Pharmaceutical Technology (2000)

Volume 20 - Supplement 3 by James Swarbrick, James C. Boylan

Introduction In the pharmaceutical industry, identification of a development drug candidate (preclinical lead profile, PLP, or early candidate notification, ECN), filing of investigational new drug application (IND), and new drug application ( NDA) ...

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Small photo of Supporters of French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron wave French national flags as they celebrate in front of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris on May 7, 2017.Small photo of Unrecognizable recruitment agent is comparing two male candidate icons in the open palms of his hands held on same level. HR concept for equal opportunity, cultural diversity, succession planning.Small photo of Supporters of French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron wave French national flags as they celebrate in front of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris on May 7, 2017.Small photo of Businessman is selecting leader candidate - human resources and marketing conceptSmall photo of PAHANG, MALAYSIA-APRIL 28: Supporters of political parties during candidate nomination day on April 28, 2018 in Pekan, Pahang. The 14th general election will be held on 9th May 2018.Small photo of Supporters of French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron wave French national flags as they celebrate in front of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris on May 7, 2017.Small photo of Hr and applicant laughing during successful job interview, happy vacancy candidate talking to smiling recruiter discussing winning resume making good first impression, recruitment and hiring concept More...

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Judicial candidate with American Sign Language.

Quotes about Candidate

During a political campaign everyone is concerned with what a candidate will do on this or that question if he is elected except the candidate; he's too busy wondering what he'll do if he isn't elected. (Everett Dirksen)
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Scrabble value of C3A1N1D2I1D2A1T1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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