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campaign

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noun cam·paign \(ˌ)kam-ˈpān\

Simple Definition of campaign

  • : a series of activities designed to produce a particular result

  • : a series of military battles, attacks, etc., designed to produce a particular result in a war

Full Definition of campaign

  1. 1 :  a connected series of military operations forming a distinct phase of a war

  2. 2 :  a connected series of operations designed to bring about a particular result <election campaign>

Examples of campaign

  1. The group launched a campaign to protect the area from commercial development.

  2. The university is organizing a campaign to attract a more diverse student population.



Origin of campaign

French campagne, probably from Italian campagna level country, campaign, from Late Latin campania level country, from Latin, the level country around Naples


First Known Use: circa 1656


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campaign

verb cam·paign

Simple Definition of campaign

  • : to lead or take part in a campaign to support or oppose someone or something or to achieve something

Full Definition of campaign

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to go on, engage in, or conduct a campaign

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to enter (as a horse or boat) in competition

cam·paign·er noun

Examples of campaign

  1. She campaigned to save the town library.

  2. He campaigned hard to get more funding.

  3. a time when women were campaigning for the right to vote

  4. I campaigned for her when she ran for governor.



1701

First Known Use of campaign

1701



CAMPAIGN Defined for Kids

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campaign

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noun cam·paign \kam-ˈpān\

Definition of campaign

  1. 1 :  a series of activities meant to produce a particular result <an election campaign>

  2. 2 :  a series of military operations in a certain area or for a certain purpose




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campaign

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verb cam·paign

Definition of campaign

cam·paignedcam·paign·ing

  1. :  to take part in a series of activities meant to produce a particular result <They campaigned for a new library.>

cam·paign·er noun




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