UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkændɪdeɪt/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈkændɪˌdeɪt, -dɪt/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(n. kandi dāt′, -dit; v. kandi dāt′)

Inflections of 'candidate' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. an unlikely candidate
  2. the leading candidate
  3. was nominated the [Democratic, Republican] candidate
  4. candidate for [mayor, president, governor]
  5. is [running, in the race] as a candidate for (the Democrats)
  6. the candidate of choice
  7. the candidate with the [best qualifications, most experience]
  8. the candidate's track record
  9. the candidate's [stance, position] on...
  10. is my favorite candidate
  11. the candidates [debated, discussed, argued]
  12. the candidate's campaign (manager)
  13. the candidate who [possesses, has, shows, demonstrates]
  14. the candidate must [possess]
  15. all candidates must [send, submit] their CV to
  16. candidates applying for the [job, position]
  17. successful candidates will be contacted [by, before]
  18. the [best, most qualified] candidate for the job
  19. interviewing job candidates
  20. would be the ideal candidate
  21. the electoral candidates
  22. the [agency, company] is screening candidates
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