What does the word candidate mean?

Usage examples for candidate

  1. And aloud she said: " You know, Herr Rennschmidt, I am sitting here trembling in my shoes like a poor, unlucky candidate for an examination! – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  2. I shall not change my candidate because my son's interests demand it. – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  3. One of the members, who was a candidate for senator in the spring of 1784, found it necessary to resign in order to save his chances for election. – The Critical Period of American History by John Fiske