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[ap-li-kuh nt] /ˈæp lɪ kənt/
a person who applies for or requests something; a candidate:
an applicant for a position.
Origin of applicant
1475-85; < Latin applicant- (stem of applicāns applying, present participle of applicāre). See apply, -ant Unabridged
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  • One applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school.
  • One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school.
  • Each applicant also submitted a photograph that they took themselves, which illustrated the subject of their essay.
  • We do not share reviews with the applicant or other external reviewers.
  • Another applicant swung from a tree, yodeling as his loincloth flipped up in the breeze.
  • The applicant was forty-five years old and he obviously knew lots and lots of stuff.
  • applicant must have knowledge of all surface routes from home to nearest cash machine.
  • But increasing the predictability for the college is precisely what reduces the predictability for the applicant.
  • In a permitting action, the burden of proof is on the permit applicant to demonstrate no harm from the proposed activity.
  • We are writing feedback to each applicant to give a little guidance on their proposals for the future.
British Dictionary definitions for applicant


a person who applies, as for a job, grant, support, etc; candidate
Word Origin
C15: from Latin applicāns, from applicāre to apply
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Word Origin and History for applicant

"one who applies," late 15c., from Latin applicantem (nominative applicans), present participle of applicare (see apply).

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