—n. 1. a person who seeks an office, honor, etc.: a candidate for governor. 2. a person who is selected by others as a contestant for an office, honor, etc.
3. a person who is deserving of or seems destined for a certain end or fate: Such a reckless spender is a candidate for the poorhouse. 4. a student studying for a degree: Candidates for the B.A. will have to meet certain minimum requirements.
—v.i. to become a candidate for service as a new minister of a church; preach before a congregation that is seeking a new minister. Chiefly Brit.,can•di•da•turePronunciation: (kan'di-du-chur),[key]can'di•date•ship", —n.