campaign

noun
cam·​paign | \ (ˌ)kam-ˈpān How to pronounce campaign (audio) \

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

Greenpeace is traveling from the Arctic to the Antarctic to highlight the threats facing our oceans and part of its campaign for ocean sanctuaries. Arwa Damon, CNN, "Arctic melt: Threat beneath the ice," 8 June 2019 Sunday will also see Australia begin their World Cup campaign against Italy in the other Group C opener, while England and Scotland will additionally get Group D underway. SI.com, "Women's World Cup: Brazil Superstar Marta Ruled Out of Opening Selecao Game," 8 June 2019 About half of that cost – or $337,000 – would come from the city and the other half from ticket sales, sponsorships, naming rights, a capital campaign and other revenue streams, city officials said. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Tavares voters to decide: Should city borrow $27M to build performing arts center?," 7 June 2019 The campaign to ban or curb horse racing is somewhat akin to the debate over zoos — whether such institutions are vital for wildlife conservation or whether captivity is a form of imprisonment. Vanessa Hua, SFChronicle.com, "The curious power of a day at the races," 7 June 2019 Without apology, Kevin Nicholson fights for GOP nomination in Wisconsin U.S. Senate race RELATED: Cash only goes so far and 4 other takeaways from Wisconsin U.S. Senate race Nicholson's first campaign was a tough one. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Delafield businessman Kevin Nicholson keeping political options open as he leads new advocacy group," 5 June 2019 Such a campaign of silence has been going on for 30 years, and as technology has improved, the Chinese government has only gotten better at suppressing dissent. Helen Raleigh, National Review, "Thirty Years after Tiananmen, China Is Still Unwilling to Tell the Truth," 4 June 2019 The 2019 campaign is the third in five seasons that has resulted in a winning record. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Roger Bacon baseball tries to make more Spartan history," 4 June 2019 But if a black gay drag queen had no chance at victory, Blakk’s campaign was more than a merry farce. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Ms. Blakk for President,’ a Winning Losing Campaign," 4 June 2019

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In fact, according to National Geographic, farmers had a lobby that campaigned aggressively against Daylight Saving Time. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "10 Things You Didn't Know About Daylight Saving Time," 6 Mar. 2019 After several months of Republican efforts to shore up their California seats by campaigning against Democratic sanctuary state laws, Democrats see the migrant children issue as an opportunity to refocus the immigration debate. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "California Democrats call out tragedy on the border, and seek to gain from it," 18 June 2018 In recent weeks, Amazon, Microsoft, and Uber have all made substantial contributions to a group campaigning against the initiative, according to state disclosure records. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Amazon, Microsoft, and Uber are paying big money to kill a California privacy initiative," 15 June 2018 Menendez won only 62 percent of the primary vote against Lisa McCormick, a Democratic challenger who raised virtually no money and had not actively campaigned against him. Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats poised to claim ballot slots in nearly all House districts in California," 6 June 2018 From the 1940s, city policymakers and real estate agents found common ground, both campaigning against funding for public housing in urban areas, the former dismissing it as socialism, while the latter stood to lose profits. Mychal Denzel Smith, The New Republic, "How America became over-policed," 5 June 2018 The legal effort was organized by Fight for $15, which campaigns to raise pay for low-wage workers. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "After Texas school shooting, Steve Scalise says removing prayer 'one of the problems': report," 22 May 2018 The legal effort was organized by Fight for $15, which campaigns to raise pay for low-wage workers. San Antonio Express-News, "McDonald’s workers file sex harassment claims," 22 May 2018 Judging by the manner in which his Bharatiya Janata Party campaigned, Mr. Modi looks certain to undo many of the secular norms that have defined India since independence. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "India Turns West but Away From Western Values," 23 May 2019

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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 and Verb

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

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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 How to pronounce campaign (audio) \

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.

Other Words from campaign

campaigner noun

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