—n., v., -dat•ed, -dat•ing.
1. a person who seeks an office, honor, etc.: a candidate for governor.
2. a person who is selected by others as a contestant for an office, honor, etc.
3. a person who is deserving of or seems destined for a certain end or fate: Such a reckless spender is a candidate for the poorhouse.
4. a student studying for a degree: Candidates for the B.A. will have to meet certain minimum requirements.
to become a candidate for service as a new minister of a church; preach before a congregation that is seeking a new minister. Chiefly Brit., can•di•da•ture Pronunciation: (kan'di-du-chur), [key] can'di•date•ship",
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