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noun [countable] candidate pronunciation in American English /ˈkændɪˌdeɪt/candidate pronunciation in American English /ˈkændɪdət/
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  1. 1
    one of the people competing in an election
    the Democratic/Republican candidate
    1. a.
      one of the people competing for a job
      The candidate must demonstrate good communication skills.
      candidate for: There were two candidates for the position.
    2. b.
      one of the people competing for a prize
      candidate for: She was asked to read out the list of candidates for the award for best actor.
  2. 2
    a person or thing that is likely to do or be something
    They needed a location for the movie, and the church was the obvious candidate.
    candidate for: This encounter is a candidate for the tournament’s most exciting game.
    a prime candidate (=very likely to do something): She looks like a prime candidate for a nervous breakdown.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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