• WordNet 3.6
    • n candidate a politician who is running for public office
    • n candidate someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The record for the world?s worst drivers is a toss-up between two candidates: First, a 75-year-old man who received 10 traffic tickets, drove on the wrong side of the road four times, committed four hit-and-run offenses, and caused six accidents, all within 20 minutes on October 15, 1966. Second, a 62-year-old woman who failed her driving test 40 times before passing it in August, 1970 (by that time, she had spent over $700 in lessons, and could no longer afford to buy a car)
    • n Candidate One who offers himself, or is put forward by others, as a suitable person or an aspirant or contestant for an office, privilege, or honor; as, a candidate for the office of governor; a candidate for holy orders; a candidate for scholastic honors.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first losing candidate in a US presidential election was Thomas Jefferson. He lost to John Adams. George Washington had been unopposed.
    • n candidate A person who seeks or is put forward by others for an office or honor; one who offers himself or is proposed for office or preferment, by election or appointment: as, a candidate for the office of sheriff, or for a degree.
    • candidate To render qualified as a candidate.
    • candidate To become a candidate; seek or aspire to some office; offer one's self or one's services as a candidate, as a clergyman seeking a parish or a charge; compete with others as a candidate.
    • n candidate One who seeks or is an aspirant for something other than office or preferment: as, a candidate for literary fame; “a candidate of heaven,”
    • n candidate A member of the white-robed body-guard of the Roman emperors, established about 237 a. d. by Gordianus the Younger.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Virginia Code (1930) has a statute: "To prohibit corrupt practices or bribery by any person other than candidates."
    • n Candidate kan′di-dāt one who offers himself for any office or honour, so called because, at Rome, the applicant used to dress in white
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  • John Larroquette
    John Larroquette
    “A few years back I was more a candidate for skid row bum than an Emmy. If I hadn't stopped [drinking], I'd be playing handball with John Belushi right now.”
  • Gore Vidal
    “Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    “The election is not very far off when a candidate can recognize you across the street.”
  • Jay Leno
    Jay Leno
    “If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.”
  • H. Ross Perot
    “Which one of the three candidates would you want your daughter to marry?”
  • Lionel Trilling
    “Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Candidatus, n. (because candidates for office in Rome were clothed in a white toga.) fr. candidatus, clothed in white, fr. candidus,littering, white: cf. F. candidat,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. candidatus, from candidus.


In literature:

I may as well be candid.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
Thraxton Wimples, the intended candidate for the Supreme Court, the assessment is $20,000.
"Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York" by Lemuel Ely Quigg
Gen. Weaver Populistic Candidate.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
I have been solicited by many friends to become a candidate for the Legislature.
"The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln" by Wayne Whipple
It proved good politics for the Whigs in 1840 to pass over Clay and adopt as their candidate William Henry Harrison.
"History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Other Candidates for Nomination.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
I tell you so candidly; and now good night.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
It may have been conducted with dignity, and it nominated a candidate.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
This of course Douglas had expected, and in this lay his personal gain as a Presidential candidate.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
Stephen looked inquiringly round at Paul, and then at the small knot of Sixth fellows who were making notes of each candidate's play.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed

In poetry:

With ardent hearts, and ever-open hands,
Candid and honest, brave and proud they grew,
Their lives and habits colored by fair lands
As skies give waters hue.
"Arms And The Man - The Southern Colonies" by James Barron Hope
"To thee, my Damon, dare I paint the rest?
Will yet thy love a candid ear incline?
Assured that virtue, by misfortune press'd,
Feels not the sharpness of a pang like mine.
"Elegy XXVI. Describing the Sorrow of An Ingeneous Mind" by William Shenstone
—When I had left, and the swinging trees
Rang above me, as lauding her candid say,
Another was I. Her words were enough:
Came smooth, came rough,
I felt I could live my day.
"Her Death And After" by Thomas Hardy
How grateful did my bosom feel.
They took such interest in my weal,
Their open, candid, ardent zeal
Did me insure—
That their professions must be real,
Their friendship pure.
"The Way Of The World" by Samuel Bamford
Boston, "with all thy faults I love
Thee still," though much I disapprove--
See much in thee to blame;
Yet to be candid, I'll allow
Thy equal no one can me show
From Mexico to Maine.
"To A Friend InThe City" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
And, never lingering by the way,
But hastening on past candid lakes,
Mysterious mountains grim and gray,
Past pine woods dark, and bounding spray
White as its far—off parent flakes;
"Dedication To Lady Windsor" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker of Swampscott revs up supporters of state Rep candidate Cathy Richardson at the Tyngsboro Sportsmen's Club on Tuesday evening SUN/Julia Malakie.
Fifth District Congressman Bob Latta (left) joined 9th District Congressional candidate Joe Wuerzelbacher and US Senate candidate Josh Mandel Thursday evening at a special reception at Mon Ami.
Democratic Party candidate Filemon Vela is clearly one of the runoff candidates with 15,800 or 40.9 percent of the vote.
Yakima attorney Blaine Tamaki and his wife gave $7,200 to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee – the maximum allowed by law – and then donated another $80,000 to the state party to help out the candidate.
Candidate debate airs Sunday at 10 p.m. City Council District E candidates disagree on status of retail development.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks as vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan listens during a rally at Red Rocks in Morrison, Colo. On Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012.
Adams, a Republican, was the preference of 938 voters, with unaffiliated candidate Gail Johnson receiving 574 votes and Democrat candidate Willie Grayeyes receiving 517 votes.
Most of the television ads for the presidential race have been from committees weighing in on behalf of candidates rather than the candidates themselves.
NEVADA CITY — Candidate Benjamin "Ben" Emery said Tuesday he was dropping out of the 4th District state Senate race because of what he called a potential conflict of interest relating to another candidate, Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Loma Rica.
Brandon Smith says it's common for an internal candidate for a new job to be offered a lower salary than candidates who come from outside the company.
Almost 2,300 people filled the Coronado Theatre to watch Republican candidate Jim Ryan and Democratic candidate Rod Blagojevich square off at the Gubernatorial debate.
Latino voters in Florida solidly support (52-42 percent) a congressional candidate who thinks "the federal government should invest in clean energy technologies such as wind and solar power" over a candidate who favors more drilling.
Senate candidate Cristina Sada Salinas holds a photo of her and Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whose left -wing agenda scared some voters in 2006, but is working in his favor this year.
Jean-Luc Melenchon, the Left Front presidential candidate, draws huge crowds, rivaling those of mainstream candidates Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande.
Every time one of the candidates has a tough week, it means I get a late-night email telling us how biased we are toward the candidate.

In science:

While the cutoff at the fainter end for the passed candidates contrasted with the recovered candidates was not at all surprising, the bright-end cutoff was.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Every day, human scanners consult the list of interesting candidates and decide whether or not a computer-flagged candidate appea rs to be a real, variable object.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
After a few weeks the images of this candidate from the follow up observations were observed and the candidate appeared to move.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Based on the similarity of its IRS spectrum to that of MSX SMC 155, we identify MSX SMC 014 as the first RCB candidate found by its IR spectral properties rather than by optical variability, and also as the first RCB candidate discovered by Spitzer.
R CrB Candidates in the Small Magellanic Cloud: Observations of Cold, Featureless Dust with the Spitzer Infrared Spectrograph
Matching of energy in the electromagnetic calorimeter (ECAL) with hits in the pixel detector or failure to match, splits the electromagnetic triggers into two categories: electron candidates (single and double), and above signiflcantly higher thresholds, photon candidates.
The CMS High Level Trigger