Etymology
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candidate (n.)

"person who seeks or is put forward for an office by election or appointment," c. 1600, from Latin candidatus "one aspiring to office," originally "white-robed," past participle of candidare "to make white or bright," from candidus past participle of candere "to shine," from PIE root *kand- "to shine." White was the usual color of the Roman toga, but office-seekers in ancient Rome wore a gleaming white toga (togacandida), probably whitened with fine powdered chalk, presumably to indicate the purity of their intentions in seeking a role in civic affairs.

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Definitions of candidate

candidate (n.)
a politician who is running for public office;
Synonyms: campaigner / nominee
candidate (n.)
someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.);
Synonyms: prospect
From wordnet.princeton.edu