[k_ˈa_n_d_ɪ_d_ˌeɪ_t], [kˈandɪdˌe͡ɪt], [kˈandɪdˌe‍ɪt]

Definitions of candidate:

  1.   One who offers himself, or is put forward by others, as a suitable person or an aspirant or contestant for an office, privilege, or honor; as, a candidate for the office of governor; a candidate for holy orders; a candidate for scholastic honors.
  2.   One who seeks, or is brought forward, to fill some office or post of honour, so called because it was the custom in Rome for such to dress in white. See Candid.
  3.   One who offers himself or is proposed for an office.
  4.   A person who seeks for a vacant office; one who offers himself as a fit person to fill an appointment.
  6.   a politician who is running for public office
  7.   A nominee or aspirant for any position.
  8.   someone who is considered for something ( for an office or prize or honor etc.)
  9.   One who offers himself, or is proposed by others, to fill some office.
  10.   One who offers himself for any office or honor, so called because, at Rome, the applicant used to dress in white.

Antonyms for candidate:

honoree, noncandidate, inductee, old hand, warhorse, dropout, doyen, officeholder, old-timer, vet, stager, incumbent.

Quotes for candidate:

  1. When I thought about the calibre of people in the room I realized we might just have a credible candidate for Mayor who will would finally enforce the laws of the city. It was almost too good to be true. – Herbert Baker
  2. This is the first convention of the space age- where a candidate can promise the moon and mean it. – David Brinkley
  3. I am a registered Democrat and two -time unsuccessful candidate for office. – Jack L. Chalker
  4. 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
  5. The candidate out front on Labor Day has historically been the one who stayed ahead in November. – Peter Jennings
  6. I never would have believed as a candidate for the U. S. Senate that the U. S. government could buy GM without a hearing, with no vote, yes or no. There are billions and billions of dollars at stake here. – Mike Johanns
  7. I would rather be the candidate of the NAACP than the NRA. – John F. Kerry
  8. The Manchurian Candidate was the most important movie I was in, let's face it. – Angela Lansbury
  9. I think that women just have a primeval instinct to make soup, which they will try to foist on anybody who looks like a likely candidate – Dylan Moran
  10. He has selected from a group of overwhelming candidates. This candidate was nominated to the Supreme Court because of his extremely overwhelming qualifications. – Rod Parsley
  11. If you really want to diminish a candidate depict him as the foil of his handler. This is as old in American politics as politics itself. – Karl Rove
  12. I was the first candidate to come out against this war, spoke at every anti -war march. – Al Sharpton
  13. A libertarian presidential candidate isn't going to win anyway, so he can afford to say that all taxation is theft, and it isn't the job of a libertarian presidential candidate to cook up new ways to commit theft. – L. Neil Smith
  14. I think I might as well give up being a candidate There are so many people in the country who don't like me. – William Howard Taft

Usage examples for candidate:

  1. “ " Of course I only saw him once, but he didn't strike me as a possible candidate – Murder in the Gunroom by Henry Beam Piper
  2. The vote which he received was a little over seven thousand, but four years later he was again the candidate of the party and received over sixty thousand votes. ” – The Anti-Slavery Crusade Volume 28 In The Chronicles Of America Series by Jesse Macy
  3. When asked if he would promise to vote for the Tory candidate he quietly asked her if she could keep a secret? ” – From Crow-Scaring to Westminster; an Autobiography by George Edwards M.P., O.B.E.
  4. “ No nomination, or similar formality, is required of the candidate – The Governments of Europe by Frederic Austin Ogg
  5. One, that I am a candidate for Congress; the other, that I am making a book. ” – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  6. He entered as candidate in the contest. ” – Superwomen by Albert Payson Terhune
  7. She notified Mrs. Gereth of her instant departure: she couldn't possibly remain after being offered to Owen, that way, before her very face, as his mother's candidate for the honor of his hand. ” – The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James
  8. He felt- he knew- that he was an humble candidate for her favor- a candidate with the chances perhaps against him. ” – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips
  9. “ " Come along," said the Candidate to me one morning, " I want you to meet my committee." ” – The Hohenzollerns in America With the Bolsheviks in Berlin and other impossibilities by Stephen Leacock
  10. “ Lucullus being consul at that time, though at variance with Pompey, yet in consideration that he himself was a candidate for the command against Mithridates, procured and hastened these supplies, fearing lest there should be any presence or occasion given to Pompey of returning home, who of himself was no less desirous of leaving Sertorius, and of undertaking the war against Mithridates, as an enterprise which by all appearance would prove much more honorable and not so dangerous. ” – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  11. By some it was supposed that Governor Clinton would decline being again considered a candidate – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  12. In truth, he had never even entered college, but he had offered himself as a candidate for admission to a college in Ohio, and been rejected. ” – Hector's Inheritance or The Boys of Smith Institute by Horatio Alger
  13. Next, he was the first candidate of the Republican Party for the office of President of the United States. ” – Reminiscences of Sixty Years in Public Affairs, Vol. 1 by George Boutwell
  14. General Kadri Hasbiu- minister of interior, head of the security forces, and a Politburo candidate member- was a brother- in- law of Mehmet Shehu. ” – Area Handbook for Albania by Eugene K. Keefe Sarah Jane Elpern William Giloane James M. Moore, Jr. Stephen Peters Eston T. White
  15. At present, on Commencement Day, every candidate for a first degree wears, according to the law, " a black dress and the usual black gown." ” – A Collection of College Words and Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall
  16. Only that she made a fool of herself by running away with you I should have preferred to wait till some more sensible candidate had proposed himself for her hand. ” – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  17. Her mother had always insisted upon the presence of that possibility in any candidate for matrimony. ” – Linda Condon by Joseph Hergesheimer
  18. The garb of the candidate for the day is armour. ” – Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) by Alexander Maclaren
  19. “ " Tell me one thing," said Jarrocks: " If you weren't in love with G. G. what would you think of him as a candidate for your very best friend's hand?" ” – IT and Other Stories by Gouverneur Morris
  20. Each candidate passes a medical examination, and must be from fifteen to sixteen and a half years of age. ” – The Sea: Its Stirring Story of Adventure, Peril, & Heroism. Volume 1 by Frederick Whymper

Idioms for candidate:

  • candidate for a pair of wings;