campaign

noun
cam·paign | \ (ˌ)kam-ˈpān \

Definition of campaign 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a connected series of military operations forming a distinct phase of a war the bombing campaign

2 : a connected series of operations designed to bring about a particular result election campaign an advertising campaign

campaign

verb
campaigned; campaigning; campaigns

Definition of campaign (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go on, engage in, or conduct a campaign campaigned for the presidency

transitive verb

: to enter (something, such as a horse or boat) in competition was at that time campaigning a big steeplechase stable —A. H. Higginson

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Other words from campaign

Verb

campaigner noun

Examples of campaign in a Sentence

Noun

The group launched a campaign to protect the area from commercial development. The university is organizing a campaign to attract a more diverse student population.

Verb

She campaigned to save the town library. He campaigned hard to get more funding. a time when women were campaigning for the right to vote I campaigned for her when she ran for governor.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The transactions were detailed in an indictment Friday from the Justice Department, in which prosecutors accused 12 Russian operatives of interfering in the 2016 presidential campaign through a sophisticated hacking scheme. BostonGlobe.com, "How Russian spies hid behind bitcoin in hacking campaign," 14 July 2018 Mueller is looking broadly into Russia's meddling in the U.S. election and its contacts with people in Mr. Trump's campaign. CBS News, "Report: Trump's lawyers blast Comey as "Machiavellian" in memo to Mueller," 7 July 2018 Copeland, who wears shade 4W1 Honey Bronze, has been an Estée Lauder spokesperson since last year, has appeared in the brand's ad campaign for the Modern Muse fragrance. Marci Robin, Allure, "Misty Copeland Helps Estée Lauder Announce the Shade Expansion of Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup," 14 July 2018 The 25-year-old was third choice goalkeeper last season behind Karius and Simon Mignolet, who is still expected to leave in pursuit of a starting role elsewhere, and played just a single Carabao Cup game in the whole campaign. SI.com, "Jurgen Klopp Turns to Surprise Contender as He Looks for New Liverpool Number One Goalkeeper," 13 July 2018 Katie Hall was convicted of mail fraud, extortion and racketeering after making employees raise money for her re-election campaign in order to keep their jobs. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Hammond federal judge Rudy Lozano, 76, dies," 13 July 2018 So begins a letter signed by seven members of Congress sent to President Donald Trump, the latest salvo in a campaign to indict Castro for deaths that occurred 22 years ago. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "Seven members of Congress say now is the time to indict Raúl Castro," 12 July 2018 Most of those debates, however, happened early in the campaign. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Gavin Newsom agrees to one debate with John Cox in CA governor race — on CNN," 12 July 2018 Tuesday's launch of an ad by a pro-Vukmir group called Wisconsin Next PAC continues to reverberate in the campaign. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin U.S. Senate race: Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir trade verbal jabs on talk radio," 11 July 2018

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Sharif has been banned from participating in politics, and his brother Shahbaz Sharif now heads his Pakistan Muslim League and is campaigning for re-election on July 25. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018 Sharif has been banned from participating in politics, and his brother Shahbaz Sharif now heads his Pakistan Muslim League and is campaigning for re-election on July 25. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, USA TODAY, "At least 74 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 13 July 2018 Attacks on my family and smears from scared establishment insiders are swamp campaigning 101. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "‘His social views were liberal.’ Candidate met with Dems before launching GOP run," 13 July 2018 While campaigning at a by-election in a poor part of Kent, Emily Thornberry, a London MP and shadow cabinet minister, tweeted a picture of a modest terraced house with a white van and three St George flags in front of it. The Economist, "English or British? Football highlights an enduring identity crisis," 12 July 2018 Laws giving wives rights to their own earnings and property had slowly crept across most states, but women were still fighting for equal access to educational opportunities and professional spheres; campaigning for more practical clothing. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian, "The Historical Struggle to Rid Socialism of Sexism," 12 July 2018 Midterms are determined in large part by base mobilization, and Republicans have won plenty of elections while campaigning on positions that excite their base, while alienating most everyone else. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Abolishing ICE Is About As Popular As Trump’s Immigration Agenda," 11 July 2018 Friends and colleagues said that Hardiman was honored to be considered for the high court and hadn’t campaigned for a position. Geoff Mulvihill, The Seattle Times, "Twice a Supreme Court runner-up, Hardiman is back at work," 10 July 2018 Gutierrez, anticipating Uresti’s legal trouble, began campaigning for the seat in late 2016, and has rolled out several rounds of endorsements. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Three officials say candidate for Uresti seat cited endorsements they never gave," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of campaign

Noun

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1692, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for campaign

Noun

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

Verb

see campaign entry 1

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campaign

noun

English Language Learners Definition of campaign

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

campaign

verb

English Language Learners Definition of campaign (Entry 2 of 2)

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

campaign

noun
cam·paign | \ kam-ˈpān \

Kids Definition of campaign

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

campaign

verb
campaigned; campaigning

Kids Definition of campaign (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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campaigner noun

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