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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. a politician who is running for public office;
[syn: campaigner, candidate, nominee]

2. someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.);
[syn: candidate, prospect]

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4 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Candidate \Can"di*date\, n. [L. Candidatus, n. (because candidates for office in Rome were clothed in a white toga.) fr. candidatus clothed in white, fr. candiduslittering, white: cf. F. candidat.] 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

candidate n 1: a politician who is running for public office [syn: campaigner, candidate, nominee] 2: someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.) [syn: candidate, prospect]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

54 Moby Thesaurus words for "candidate": addict, agent, also-ran, applicant, appointee, aspirant, aspirer, assignee, baby kisser, bidder, campaigner, claimant, collector, coveter, dark horse, defeated candidate, deputy, desirer, devotee, dud, entrant, fancier, favorite son, freak, hankerer, has-been, hopeful, lame duck, licensee, lover, nominee, office seeker, petitioner, political hopeful, possibility, postulant, presidential timber, prospect, runner, running mate, seeker, selectee, solicitant, solicitor, stalking-horse, stumper, suitor, suppliant, supplicant, votary, wanter, whistle-stopper, wisher, yearner
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

CANDIDATE. One who offers himself or is offered by others for an office.