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 Spokespeople for Jim Biden and Joe’s presidential campaign declined interview requests for the brothers. Daniel Golden, ProPublica, "The Profitable Business of Being Joe Biden’s Brother," 17 Feb. 2020 In 2016, another topless woman interrupted a rally for Sanders's presidential campaign and was arrested for her display, which was in protest of then-Republican candidate Donald Trump. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Topless protesters arrested after leaping on stage at Bernie Sanders Nevada rally," 16 Feb. 2020 President Barack Obama’s initial presidential campaign was presented with the opportunity to sponsor a car in a NASCAR race, but eventually declined that chance. Fox News, "Trump to rev up Daytona 500 with historic lap in presidential limo, ‘The Beast’," 16 Feb. 2020 The parallel narratives of family and country come together with the presidential campaign and Trump’s election, which Bernstein frames as a capstone to our era of laissez faire, small government and dark money. Washington Post, "How the conservative revolution led to the Trump-Kushner oligarchy," 14 Feb. 2020 During his 2016 presidential campaign, Mr. Trump spoke privately about his intention to govern as a pragmatist and champion of the working class. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Boris Johnson Moves Boldly to Consolidate Power," 14 Feb. 2020 President Trump repeatedly assured voters during his 2016 presidential campaign that his wall project along the U.S.-Mexico border would be paid for by Mexico. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Trump Wants to Trade New F-35s for Tech From the Bronze Age," 14 Feb. 2020 They themselves had made old-fashioned bourgeois morality the central issue of the ’76 presidential campaign. Clare Booth Luce, National Review, "The Light at the End of the Tunnel of Love: Jimmy Carter’s Christian Socialism," 13 Feb. 2020 Andrew Yang, Michael Bennet end presidential campaigns Andrew Yang dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday after weak showings in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "February 12, 2020," 12 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kerry, who has been campaigning for former vice president Joe Biden, was overheard discussing Sanders at a Des Moines hotel, according to a report from NBC News. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "John Kerry Is the Latest Big-Name Democrat to Reportedly Express Fears of Big Bad Bernie Sanders," 3 Feb. 2020 The UK’s approach has been criticized by some campaigning groups though. Dominic Dudley, Quartz Africa, "The UK’s Africa summit offered lofty promises of commitment but not enough substance," 21 Jan. 2020 Particularly in 2018, when women campaigned in droves, the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University found that non-incumbent women did better than non-incumbent men in primary and general elections. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Elizabeth Warren Leaves No Doubts About a Woman’s Electability in 2020," 15 Jan. 2020 The Duchess of Sussex has been a long time advocate for women’s and girls rights and at the age of eleven campaigned against a sexist advertisement, which was then changed. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Shares Her Feminist Childhood Interview to Celebrate International Day of the Girl," 11 Oct. 2019 Running for office is both expensive and time-consuming; candidates may have to give up their day jobs in order to campaign or pay for extra child care. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Why all women should learn to self-promote like a politician," 4 Oct. 2019 His campaign has been focusing his ad spending and campaigning on states that will vote on March 3 and beyond. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "After Iowa Muddle, Bloomberg to Double Ad Spending," 4 Feb. 2020 On the second alignment, the Gabbard supporter realigned with the Sanders campaigning giving the Vermont senator a final tally of five. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "'Vote blue, no matter who': Hawkeyes around the world are gathering to make their choice for president.," 4 Feb. 2020 That timeline, agreed to late Friday, allows the four senators running for the Democratic presidential nomination to spend the weekend campaigning in Iowa, home of the critical first-in-the-nation caucuses that will be held Monday. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Senate votes 51-49 to reject new witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, paving way for eventual acquittal vote," 1 Feb. 2020

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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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20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Campaign.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/campaign. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for campaign

campaign

noun
How to pronounce campaign (audio)

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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