• (British) IPA: /ˈkæn.dɪdət/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkæn.dɪ.deɪt/, /ˈkæn.dɪ.dɪt/
  • (America, colloquially) IPA: /ˈkæn.ɪ.dɪt/, /ˈkæn.ɪ.deɪt/

candidate (plural candidates)

  1. A person who is running in an election.
  2. A person who is applying to a position for a job.
  3. A participant in an examination.
  4. Something or somebody that may be suitable.
  5. (genetics) A gene which may play a role in a given disease.
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candidate (candidates, present participle candidating; past and past participle candidated)

  1. (uncommon) To stand as a candidate for an office, especially a religious one.
    • 1906, Year Book of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, page 196:
      The matter of candidating for a pulpit is not a matter of difference between congregations and Rabbis, but between Rabbis themselves.
    • 2014, Susan H. Jones, Listening for God's Call, SCM Press (ISBN 9780334044123), page 74:
      The report Shaping the Future also gives a set of learning outcomes for those people candidating for ordained ministry. These were also agreed by the Methodist Conference.
  2. (nonstandard, chiefly, in jargon and NNES) To make or name (something) a candidate (for use, for study as a next project, for investigation as a possible cause of something, etc).
    • 1982, Brian O'Leary, Space industrialization, CRC:
      Performance comparison of solar energy conversion candidated for SPS. (From NASA, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston 1977.)
    • 1989, Institution of Electrical Engineers. Electronics Division, European Conference on Circuit Theory and Design, 5-8 September 1989, Peter Peregrinus Limited (ISBN 9780852963838):
      In this program if a processor becomes idle, then all feasible activities requiring that kind of processor will be candidated for scheduling. If the number of candidates is more than the number of available processors, activities with higher priority ...
    • 2005, Khaled M. Khan, Yan Zhang, Managing Corporate Information Systems Evolution and Maintenance, IGI Global (ISBN 9781591403685), page 308:
      Evaluate the maintenance costs of the software system in order to candidate it for evolution AA14. Evaluate the hardware platform used and the possibility of migrating the software system toward more economical platforms ...

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