Definition of 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.
panorama, prospect, aspect, medical prognosis, stumper, dark horse, job-hunter, scene, possible choice, vista, running mate, outlook, favorite son, prognosis, chance, ker, front-runner, place-hunter, political contestant, solicitor, office-, view, campaigner, expectation, contestant, nominee
petitioner (part of speech: noun)
- Mr. Crawford was thinking of being a candidate for Congress at the approaching election, and he did not wish to offend Harmon, but he secretly hoped that Joyce would refuse him; in this he was not disappointed. - "Raiding with Morgan", Byron A. Dunn.
- Very possibly it meant- she flushed at the thought- that he divined Nannie's plot, and refused also to consider the fourth candidate. - "Jerry", Jean Webster.
- No; as Liberal candidate; or Radical, if you like. - "Denzil Quarrier", George Gissing.