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- 1 a : one that aspires to or is nominated or qualified for an office, membership, or award <a candidate for governor>
- b : one likely or suited to undergo or be chosen for something specified <a candidate for surgery>
- to be elected to an office — in this case a candidate selection procedure occurs.
- to receive membership in a group
"Nomination" is part of the process of selecting a candidate for either election to an office, or the bestowing of an honor or award. "Presumptive nominee" is a term used when a person or organization believes that the nomination in inevitable. The act of being a candidate in a race is called a "candidacy."