- a person who seeks an office, honor, etc.: a candidate for governor.
- a person who is selected by others as a contestant for an office, honor, etc.
- 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.
- a student studying for a degree: Candidates for the B.A. will have to meet certain minimum requirements.
verb (used without object), can·di·dat·ed, can·di·dat·ing.
- to become a candidate for service as a new minister of a church; preach before a congregation that is seeking a new minister.
- a person seeking or nominated for election to a position of authority or honour or selection for a job, promotion, etc
- a person taking an examination or test
- a person or thing regarded as suitable or likely for a particular fate or positionthis wine is a candidate for his cellar
c.1600s, from Latin candidatus “one aspiring to office,” originally “white-robed,” past participle of candidare “to make white or bright,” from candidus (see candid). Office-seekers in ancient Rome wore white togas.