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 Alabama, with the country's lowest vaccination rate, launched a campaign to convince people the shots are safe. Andrew Selsky, Star Tribune, "Many still hesitate to get vaccine, but reluctance is easing," 2 Apr. 2021 Being acting mayor was a significant boost to Menino in that campaign, political observers say. BostonGlobe.com, "Will Acting Mayor Janey run for a full term?," 2 Apr. 2021 Also mulling a campaign are Missouri Republican Reps. Vicky Hartzler, Billy Long, and Jason Smith. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Republicans vying for Missouri Senate seat jockey for Trump endorsement," 1 Apr. 2021 The company’s results indicate that a yearslong U.S.-led campaign to strangle Huawei’s business is showing signs of success. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "Huawei Suffers Rare Drop in Revenue as U.S. Sanctions Bite," 31 Mar. 2021 Their depth should help them outlast the San Diego Padres in a six-month regular season, especially one following a 60-game campaign. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Dodgers star Corey Seager’s MVP run and other predictions entering the MLB season," 31 Mar. 2021 That comment refers to the Niagara Bottling Plant, which four members of the current Democratic majority on the town council used as an issue three years ago to launch a successful primary campaign and oust the endorsed slate. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Bloomfield residents near proposed 24-hour gas station and ice cream shop rallying against it," 31 Mar. 2021 But the timing comes amid sharpening concerns that new, more worrisome variants of the disease could take hold despite a growing inoculation campaign. Greg Bluestein, ajc, "Kemp eases Georgia coronavirus restrictions despite worries about new surge," 31 Mar. 2021 Though inconsistency shadowed much of his first three years in Aggieland, Kellen Mond put together a program record-breaking campaign in his senior season, leading the Aggies to a 9-1 season finish. Hannah Underwood, Dallas News, "Texas A&M’s prospects most likely to be selected in the 2021 NFL draft," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The measure is one of several in Democrats' legislation, which also includes various changes to campaign finance and ethics laws. Star Tribune, "AP-NORC poll: Majority in US back easier voter registration," 2 Apr. 2021 His effort to expand the party’s appeal, particularly to Black voters, led him to campaign for Detroit to be the site of the 1980 national convention. New York Times, "Bill Brock, G.O.P. National Chairman After Watergate, Dies at 90," 25 Mar. 2021 In theory, this would prohibit the secretary of state or county clerks from using taxpayer dollars to campaign while spreading election information. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan GOP senators file 39 election reform bills Democrats call racist, based on lies," 25 Mar. 2021 The State Board of Elections reported the donation Pritzker, a billionaire heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune, made to campaign fund on Friday. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Pritzker tries to separate his $35 million campaign donation from an expected reelection bid," 22 Mar. 2021 Activists decide free toilets are a human right, and successfully campaign to ban pay toilets. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "From Marks to Sharks: The Rise of the Retail Investor," 10 Mar. 2021 Representatives narrowly killed a bill aimed at bringing greater transparency to campaign spending. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah House lawmakers kill campaign finance disclosure bill," 24 Feb. 2021 The Catalan authorities let the prisoners out on day release to campaign. The Economist, "Spain’s regional splits Catalonia’s separatists score another victory, but a hollow one," 15 Feb. 2021 Netanyahu hopes to campaign on having pulled the country out of the pandemic through one of the world’s most successful vaccination campaigns. Ilan Ben Zion, BostonGlobe.com, "Israeli PM rejects charges as corruption trial resumes," 8 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of campaign was circa 1656

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“Campaign.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/campaign. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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