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