A candidate is someone running for political office — or anyone being considered for a position or opportunity of some sort.

When you hear about candidates, it's usually in discussions of politics. People are always wondering, "Who will be the candidates in the next Presidential election?" Every President, and every office-holder, was once a candidate. When you're a candidate, you raise money, hold rallies, make campaign promises, and do everything you can to win. You can also say someone is a candidate for a job, prize, and other things. Someone could jokingly say, "He's a candidate to be my next husband."

Definitions of candidate

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

Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

n a politician who is running for public office

campaigner, nominee
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dark horse
a political candidate who is not well known but could win unexpectedly
favorite son
a United States politician favored mainly in his or her home state
running mate
a nominee for the lesser of two closely related political offices
a candidate with no chance of winning but who may draw enough votes to prevent one of the leading candidates from winning
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
Type of:
pol, political leader, politician, politico
a person active in party politics

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