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[n. kan-di-deyt, -dit; v. kan-di-deyt] /n. ˈkæn dɪˌdeɪt, -dɪt; v. ˈkæn dɪˌdeɪt/
a person who seeks an office, honor, etc.:
a candidate for governor.
a person who is selected by others as a contestant for an office, honor, etc.
a person who is deserving of or seems destined for a certain end or fate:
Such a reckless spender is a candidate for the poorhouse.
a student studying for a degree:
Candidates for the B.A. will have to meet certain minimum requirements.
verb (used without object), candidated, candidating.
to become a candidate for service as a new minister of a church; preach before a congregation that is seeking a new minister.
Origin of candidate
1605-15; < Latin candidātus clothed in white (adj.), candidate for office (noun, in reference to the white togas worn by those seeking office). See candid, -ate1
Related forms
[kan-di-duh-see] /ˈkæn dɪ də si/ (Show IPA).
Chiefly British, candidature
[kan-di-duh-cher] /ˈkæn dɪ də tʃər/ (Show IPA),
candidateship, noun
precandidacy, noun
precandidature, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for candidacy


/ˈkændɪˌdeɪt; -dɪt/
a person seeking or nominated for election to a position of authority or honour or selection for a job, promotion, etc
a person taking an examination or test
a person or thing regarded as suitable or likely for a particular fate or position: this wine is a candidate for his cellar
Derived Forms
candidacy (ˈkændɪdəsɪ), candidature (ˈkændɪdətʃə) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin candidātus clothed in white (because in ancient Rome a candidate wore a white toga), from candidus white
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Word Origin and History for candidacy

1822; see candidate + -cy.



c.1600s, from Latin candidatus "one aspiring to office," originally "white-robed," past participle of candidare "to make white or bright," from candidus (see candid). Office-seekers in ancient Rome wore white togas.

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