[n. kan-di-deyt, -dit; v. kan-di-deyt]
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.

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

candidacy [kan-di-duh-see] . Chiefly British, candidature [kan-di-duh-cher] , candidateship, noun
precandidacy, noun
precandidature, noun Unabridged
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candidate (ˈkændɪˌdeɪt, -dɪt)
1.  a person seeking or nominated for election to a position of authority or honour or selection for a job, promotion, etc
2.  a person taking an examination or test
3.  a person or thing regarded as suitable or likely for a particular fate or position: this wine is a candidate for his cellar
[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 & History

c.1600s, from L. candidatus "one aspiring to office," originally "white-robed," pp. of candidare "to make white or bright," from candidus (see candid). Office-seekers in ancient Rome wore white togas.
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Example sentences
The sculptural shapes of agaves also make them perfect candidates for bold,
  contemporary gardens.
By then a raucous debate over the propriety of reporting on candidates'
  personal lives had already begun.
In fact, though, she has the power only to nominate candidates.
As for the conventions, the critics complained that both candidates displayed
  little savvy about the potential of the medium.
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