candidate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin candidātus ‎(a person who is standing for public office), the perfect passive participle of candidare, from candidus ‎(candid, white), in reference to Roman candidates wearing bleached white togas as a symbol of purity at a public forum.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkæn.dɪdət/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkæn.dɪ.deɪt/, /ˈkæn.dɪ.dɪt/
  • (US, colloquially) IPA(key): /ˈkæn.ɪ.dɪt/, /ˈkæn.ɪ.deɪt/[1]
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Noun[edit]

candidate ‎(plural candidates)

  1. A person who is running in an election or who is applying to a position for a job.
  2. A participant in an examination.
  3. Something or somebody maybe suitable for or in danger of something or somebody.
    • 2013 May-June, Kevin Heng, “Why Does Nature Form Exoplanets Easily?”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 184: 
      In the past two years, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has located nearly 3,000 exoplanet candidates ranging from sub-Earth-sized minions to gas giants that dwarf our own Jupiter.
  4. Synonym for candidate gene.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The Dialect Survey

French[edit]

Noun[edit]

candidate f ‎(plural candidates)

  1. feminine equivalent of candidat

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

candidate f

  1. plural of candidata

Verb[edit]

candidate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of candidare
  2. second-person plural imperative of candidare
  3. feminine plural of candidato

Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

candidāte

  1. vocative singular of candidātus

Norman[edit]

Noun[edit]

candidate f (plural candidates)

  1. feminine equivalent of candidat