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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.
1475-85; < Latin applicant- (stem of applicāns applying, present participle of applicāre). See apply, -ant Unabridged
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Examples from the web for applicants
  • The preference informs the choice of one of a pair of products, two job applicants, even a couple of alien creatures.
  • applicants with relevant background in genomics, mouse genetics or complex trait genetics are invited to apply.
  • After accreditation is approved, applicants will receive confirmation via email.
  • All the participants were applicants who wanted to take part in it.
  • Three applicants were chosen as finalists in each category.
  • First, however, applicants had to prove their powers could stop a tap from dripping.
  • applicants are able to receive funding within weeks.
  • There were also repeated references to corruption and to the mining applicants having good connections.
  • The fellowship stipend is gauged to attract the highest caliber of applicants.
  • Two out of three applicants for the manufacturing tax credits had to be turned down, however, due to a lack of funds.
British Dictionary definitions for applicants


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 applicants



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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