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Definition of candidate noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈkændədət//
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  1. 1candidate (for something) a person who is trying to be elected or is applying for a job one of the leading candidates for the presidency a presidential candidate He was a candidate in the school board elections. There were a large number of candidates for the job. The party intends to field a candidate in the next general election. Topic CollocationsVoting in Electionsrunning for election conduct/hold an election/a referendum run for office/election/governor/mayor/president/the White House enter/run in/withdraw from the primary/Senate/gubernatorial race represent the Democrats/the Republican Party hold/contest a local/mid-term/primary/national election launch/run a presidential (election) campaign support/back a candidate sway/convince/persuade voters/the electorate appeal to/attract/woo/target/pander to swing voters fix/rig/steal an election/the votevoting go to/be turned away from a polling place/station cast a/your vote/ballot (for somebody) vote for the Republican candidate/the Democratic ticket mark/spoil your ballot paper count the early/absentee ballots go to/be defeated at the ballot box get/win/receive/lose votes get/win (60% of) the popular/black/Hispanic/Latino vote win power/the election/the primary/a senate seat/a majority lose an election/the vote/your majority/your seat win/come to power in a landslide (victory) (= with many more votes than any other party) elect/reelect somebody (as) mayor/president/congressman/congresswoman/a Senator/a Representativetaking power be sworn into office/in as president take/administer the oath of office give/deliver the inaugural address take/enter/hold/leave office appoint somebody (as) ambassador/governor/minister/a federal judge/a Supreme Court justice form a government/a cabinet serve two terms as president/in office ⇨ more collocations at economy, politics
  2. 2candidate (for something) a person or group that is considered suitable for something or that is likely to get something or to be something a PhD. candidate (= someone doing a PhD. degree) Our manager is a prime candidate for promotion this year. Your father is an obvious candidate for a heart attack.
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