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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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  • Upon filing such application the applicant shall pay to the Minister of the Interior a fee of five dollars.

  • Who is going to say whether an applicant is competent to pilot a balloon or airship?

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • They don't give any applicant all he can eat, but they try to make the supply go 'round, giving each one a little.

    John Wesley, Jr. Dan B. Brummitt
  • I bade the applicant enter in peace: and Margaret presented herself.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • The old lady was telling her son, a young man, that an applicant for the situation of help in the yard, was sleeping above.

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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