|Origin:||candidatus, from candidatus 'dressed in white', from candidus ( CANDID); because someone trying to get elected in ancient Rome wore white clothes|
can‧di‧date W2 [countable]
someone who is being considered for a job or is competing in an election:
a presidential candidate
There are only three candidates for the job.
2 British English
someone who is taking an examination:
Candidates are not allowed to use a calculator in this exam.
someone or something that is likely to experience or get something
The school is an obvious candidate for extra funding.
The novel must be a prime candidate for the award.