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CANDIDATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does candidate mean? 

CANDIDATE (noun)
  The noun CANDIDATE has 2 senses:

1. a politician who is running for public office
2. someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.)

  Familiarity information: CANDIDATE used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CANDIDATE (noun)


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Meaning:

A politician who is running for public office

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

campaigner; candidate; nominee

Hypernyms ("candidate" is a kind of...):

pol; political leader; politician; politico (a person active in party politics)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "candidate"):

dark horse (a political candidate who is not well known but could win unexpectedly)

favorite son; favourite son (a politician favored mainly in his or her home state)

running mate (a nominee for the lesser of two closely related political offices)

spoiler (a candidate with no chance of winning but who may draw enough votes to prevent one of the leading candidates from winning)

stalking-horse (a candidate put forward to divide the opposition or to mask the true candidate)

write-in; write-in candidate (a candidate for public office whose name does not appear on the ballot and so must be written on the ballot by the voters)


Sense 2candidate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

candidate; prospect

Hypernyms ("candidate" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)


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