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noun [countable] British English pronunciation: candidate /ˈkændɪdeɪt/ British English pronunciation: candidate /ˈkændɪdət/ 
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pluralcandidates
  1. 1
    one of the people competing in an election

    the Labour/Liberal/Conservative 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 post.

    2. b.
      one of the people competing for a prize
      candidate for:

      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 film, 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.

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