ADJ. potential, prospective Prospective parliamentary candidates met party leaders last week. | likely, possible She's a likely candidate for promotion. | good, ideal, suitable There were no suitable candidates for the position. | unsuitable | successful The successful candidate will be fluent in French and German. | congressional, ministerial, parliamentary, presidential | Conservative, Democratic, etc.
VERB + CANDIDATE put yourself forward as, stand as She decided to stand as a candidate in the union elections. | field, nominate, put up, run Our organization is putting up five candidates in the elections. | back, support, vote for | choose, select The committee will select the best candidate for the job. | reject We rejected most of the candidates as unsuitable.
PREP. ~ for She was the only candidate for the post.