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ap·pli·cant

applicant

 
pronunciation:
ae plih knt
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part of speech: noun
definition: a person who applies for something, such as a job.
The applicant is waiting for his interview.
synonyms:
candidate
similar words:
petitioner
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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-.
plic, plex, ply Latin root that means fold, plait
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means (in adjectives) doing the action denoted by the verb root; (in nouns) one who or that which does the action denoted by the verb root.
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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.