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

The smart campaign will make its best guess as to the handful of states where the smallest growth in support will generate the largest boon in the Electoral College, spend as little time and money as possible everywhere else, and hope for the best. Time, "The High-Risk Strategy That Could Hand Democrats the White House," 17 Sep. 2019 Steyer will be in Philadelphia on Wednesday for a meet and greet, per the campaign. cleveland.com, "UAW, GM resume talks amid nationwide auto worker strike: The Flyover," 17 Sep. 2019 Throughout the campaign, opinion polls have repeatedly shown a race that is too close to call, with Netanyahu's Likud Party running almost neck-and-neck with Gantz's Blue and White Party. Oren Liebermann, CNN, "Israelis return to polls to decide Netanyahu's fate," 17 Sep. 2019 The Trump campaign said that the situation on the ground in the state has changed significantly since 2016. Fox News, "Trump, on offensive, hosts New Mexico rally, aiming to turn the state red," 17 Sep. 2019 During that meeting, the Novato council provisionally voted to support the campaign at the urging of Mayor Eric Lucan. Richard Halstead, The Mercury News, "Marin campaign to curtail Amazon packaging gains traction," 15 Sep. 2019 Despite the hoopla over Apple's latest iPhones, the biggest iOS news this month might be the recent large-scale hacking campaign against it. Wired, "Security News This Week: 'Simjacker' Attack Can Track Phones Just by Sending a Text," 14 Sep. 2019 Shortly after the debate finished, the O'Rourke campaign started selling a T-shirt with the sound bite on it. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "Beto O'Rourke: 'Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47' to keep children safe," 13 Sep. 2019 Sanders actually worked hard through the general campaign to elect Clinton. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: The right’s right to opinion; On the governor’s remarks; A work-from-home strategy; Don’t blame Sanders (9/13/19)," 13 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ghani, who had been sidelined during much of the talks between Khalilzad and the Taliban, resumed campaigning immediately and had been steadfast in his demand that presidential polls should take place. Washington Post, "Authorities: Separate attacks in Afghanistan kill 48," 18 Sep. 2019 Ghani, who had been sidelined during much of the talks between Khalilzad and the Taliban, resumed campaigning immediately and had been steadfast in his demand that presidential polls should take place. Rahim Faiez, Anchorage Daily News, "Suicide bombers kill scores in separate attacks in Afghanistan," 17 Sep. 2019 Very few details have been provided, given the protests that broke out when then-candidate Trump campaigned in the region in 2016. NBC News, "Trump expected to rake in $15 million in 24 hours in California," 17 Sep. 2019 Roy launched his run for the Massachusetts House about the same time Kennedy announced his 2012 bid for Congress, and the two have campaigned and raised funds together since. BostonGlobe.com, "As the 2018 midterm elections approached, Democratic candidates around the country wanted Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III’s help.," 17 Sep. 2019 That comes even as some have campaigned to boycott the company’s brands due to one of its sitting board members’ connections to U.S. President Donald Trump. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "The Hong Kong Protests Are Already Having an Impact on Estée Lauder," 17 Sep. 2019 The businessman and media mogul is campaigning to be president of Tunisia from jail. The Economist, "Tunisia’s election features fed-up voters and bizarre candidates," 12 Sep. 2019 The perfume, named Libre, is campaigned by Dua Lipa who was also in attendance at last night's bash. Vogue, "Dua Lipa Hosted a Fiery Launch Party for YSL Beauté's Latest Fragrance," 10 Sep. 2019 If Inslee’s experience is any indication of the role for amiable wannabes with slightly unusual ideas, candidates will start campaigning on a platform of love soon enough should self-help author Marianne Williamson drop out of the running. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Jay Inslee’s failed presidential bid has been vindicated," 5 Sep. 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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