Definition of applicant in English:



  • A person who makes a formal application for something, especially a job.

    ‘applicants for the degree course’
    ‘a job applicant’
    • ‘He said there was always four to five applicants per Council house in the Tramore area.’
    • ‘The first stage of reducing the number of applicants for a job is to look at aspects such as loyalty.’
    • ‘Now is the time to take stock and think about what needs to be done for customers, employees and job applicants.’
    • ‘Admittedly the applicants contest the necessity of their arrest for that purpose.’
    • ‘At interview, the applicant gave an account which he subsequently agreed was false.’
    • ‘It follows that there is a duty on the applicant to present the case against each respondent fairly.’
    • ‘The applicants made no submissions on the law or facts in relation to this submission.’
    • ‘At the moment they seem to have most of the say in planning; the applicants have no say.’
    • ‘The company has promised to see all applicants who meet the specification for the vacant job.’
    • ‘That is a lot of use to the applicant when the applicant is not in Australia, is it not?’
    • ‘Present incumbents were required to compete with new applicants for these positions.’
    • ‘Secondly in support of their application the applicants have sought to allege actual use of the mark.’
    • ‘The applicant contends that the council acted unlawfully on a number of grounds.’
    • ‘Both applicants have other jobs and all their spare time is spent on this farm.’
    • ‘It's still legal in this country to exclude job applicants on grounds of age alone.’
    • ‘For example, Dutch job applicants are apt to undersell themselves in the eyes of Americans.’
    • ‘He felt this would be hard to solve as there seemed to be a large backlog of applicants.’
    • ‘The applicant has considered other sites and has rejected them all for different reasons.’
    • ‘There was a ton of applicants, and the seven of us were the final cream skimmed off.’
    • ‘If it really is a change for the worse, wouldn't the number of job applicants go down?’
    candidate, interviewee, competitor, contestant, contender, entrant
    claimant, suppliant, supplicant, petitioner, suitor, postulant, prospective employee, prospective student, aspirant, possibility, possible
    job-seeker, job-hunter
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Early 19th century: from application + -ant.