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applicant

ap·pli·cant

applicant

pronunciation:
ae plih knt
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part of speech: noun
definition: one who applies for something such as a job, college admission, or financial aid.
synonyms:
candidate
similar words:
aspirant, petitioner, postulant, suitor, suppliant, supplicant
Word Parts
The word applicant contains the following parts:
ap- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ap- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "p." See ad-.
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.