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


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

Other Words from campaign


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Parnas was convicted on federal campaign finance charges in October. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 7 May 2022 Recent campaign finance reports show Irvin’s outlay on advertising in the first quarter was about equal to Pritzker’s. Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune, 5 May 2022 Four organizations that have raised money to oppose the recall collected about $2.46 million, while pro-recall groups have received more than $5 million according to campaign finance reports. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 May 2022 As of mid-April, Glynn had about $38,000 in cash on hand, according to campaign finance reports, outraising Jaworowski, who had about $6,000 in cash on hand in the same time frame. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 4 May 2022 Nor was Justice Alito pleased when President Barack Obama criticized the court’s Citizens United campaign finance decision at the State of the Union address in 2010, with six justices present. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 4 May 2022 Knight disclosed the huge contribution to the Bring Balance to Salem political action committee on Tuesday evening, according to state campaign finance records. oregonlive, 27 Apr. 2022 The group has spent several million dollars on attack ads in Ohio, much of which has gone after Vance for his past anti-Trump statements, according to federal campaign finance records. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2022 The Supreme Court denied Gaspee’s appeal petition Monday, according to Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha and the Campaign Legal Center, which defended the state’s campaign finance laws in the case. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Making his third trip to Iowa since the 2020 election, Pence plans to campaign on Saturday with Rep. Randy Feenstra in the Republican-heavy 4th Congressional District and cap the day with a speech to the county GOP meeting in Ames. Thomas Beaumont, Chicago Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 His team has relied on government ministers to campaign on his behalf. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 Trump has massive influence over Ohio Republicans and is coming to the state Saturday to campaign for Vance and candidates in a handful of congressional races. cleveland, 22 Apr. 2022 And that is that the early states should be comparatively inexpensive in which to campaign. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 28 Mar. 2022 After the haughty Granite State vowed to punish any candidates who dared to campaign in Delaware, the officials backed off and kept their primary well back in the pack of states. Jeffrey Toobin, CNN, 14 Mar. 2022 McAuliffe had stepped in to campaign with Democrats for much of the year in Northam’s absence, but the governor slowly began to fundraise again. Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2022 President Joe Biden will also head to the Golden State to campaign for Newsom in the coming days. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 She had been scheduled to campaign with California Governor Gavin Newsom in the Golden State on Friday. Melissa Quinn, Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 27 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of campaign


circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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11 May 2022

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“Campaign.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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


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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