Synonyms: contestant, candidate, candidate, contender, applicant, entrant
contestant: a person who takes part in a competition
Example: The two contestants shook hands before the match.
candidate: a person who applies for a job
Example: We interviewed six candidates for the post of assistant manager.
candidate: a person who has entered for an examination
Example: Candidates are given three hours to complete the exam.
contender: a person who takes part in a competition, especially someone who is likely
Example: He’s a definite contender for the world title.
applicant: a person who applies for something job applicants
Example: Applicants for licences must fill in this form.
entrant: a person who takes part in a race, examination or competition
Example: There are over a thousand entrants for the race.