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cam·​paign (ˌ)kam-ˈpān How to pronounce campaign (audio)
: a connected series of military operations forming a distinct phase of a war
the bombing campaign
: a connected series of operations designed to bring about a particular result
election campaign
an advertising campaign


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campaigned; campaigning; campaigns

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 stableA. H. Higginson
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.
Recent Examples on the Web
That testimony could be key for prosecutors, who are trying prove that Trump schemed to illegally influence the 2016 race by burying unflattering stories that could damage his campaign. Michael R. Sisak, Fortune, 14 May 2024 The new Malibu campaign also acknowledges that many of us can be different people on vacation, and Malibu wants everyone to be their vacation selves year round. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for campaign 

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Word History


Noun and Verb

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1692, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of campaign was circa 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Campaign.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a series of military operations in a particular area or for a particular purpose as part of a war
: a connected series of activities designed to bring about a particular result
an election campaign
campaign verb
campaigner noun

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