campaign

noun
cam·​paign | \ (ˌ)kam-ˈpān \

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

Tlaib said during a reception for the Move On campaign, according to The Washington Post. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Representative Rashida Tlaib Pledged "We're Gonna Impeach the Motherf*cker" the Same Day She Was Sworn Into Congress," 4 Jan. 2019 Winners of the Yard Sign Wars Tandem NYC and Tony Casas, designers of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Beto O’Rourke’s campaign graphics, respectively, shook up a field mired in American flags and red, white and blue. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 The settlement is the result of the result of decade-long campaign by SHARPS, an organization founded by Hwang Sang-ki after his son died from leukemia while working at a Samsung chip factory in 2007. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Samsung," 26 Dec. 2018 Plans in the early 2000s to develop it into a luxury hotel stalled, and a local campaign to turn the historic site into a public museum never took off. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "You Can Buy This Stunning Tuscan Castle In Italy," 22 Dec. 2018 Facebook has been at the center of the government’s campaign of hate and misinformation. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook removed hundreds more accounts linked to the Myanmar military for posting hate speech and attacks against ethnic minorities," 19 Dec. 2018 Timberland The event brought Timberland's newest campaign—a call for women to step outside their comfort zones and break barriers—to life, enlisting a group of notable women to inspire and challenge those in attendance to do the same. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "5 Pieces of Career Advice You've Never Heard Before," 13 Dec. 2018 And hey, no more obligatory crowdfunding campaigns. That’s a relief. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft acquires CRPG heavyweights Obsidian and InXile," 10 Nov. 2018 Behati, 30, is a Victoria's Secret model and part of jeweler Jacquie Aiche's new advertising campaign. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Adam Levine and His Wife Behati Prinsloo's Love Story Is Sweeter Than a Maroon 5 Song," 3 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kardashian West campaigned for Johnson’s presidential pardon after learning about her case online, eventually meeting with Trump earlier this month in Washington, D.C. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian West Isn't Ruling Out Running for President and Reveals Why Kanye West 'Loves' Trump," 16 June 2018 This political shift happened as a number of trends coalesced: more spouses had careers back home, campaigning meant participating in perpetual fundraisers, and long-distance commuting became the norm. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a point about housing for Congress," 21 Nov. 2018 That could give the targets of other online harassment campaigns a legal basis to file lawsuits of their own. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Judge rejects neo-Nazi’s First Amendment argument in harassment case," 15 Nov. 2018 Both are keen Brexiteers and campaigned to leave the EU. The Economist, "Meet Dominic Raab: the new Brexit boss," 9 July 2018 Others who have held the seat: Chris Ward, the current council member, and Todd Gloria, who walked the streets campaigning for the office in 2008 while wearing purple shoes. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New History Center exhibit traces stories of struggle and progress in LGBT community," 8 July 2018 Others choose to campaign what are known as GTs, racing cars that begin life as production road cars. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "From efficiency to airflow, it’s a golden age for racing tech in our driveways," 23 Nov. 2018 The influx of Trump’s judicial picks has the potential to shift the federal judiciary much further to the right — and have a lasting impact on everything from environmental protections to campaign finance reform. Li Zhou, Vox, "Democrats’ very limited options for stopping Mitch McConnell’s judicial onslaught," 14 Nov. 2018 Door-to-door canvassing entails ringing doorbells to speak with voters, either to campaign for a specific candidate or voter measure or to help people make a plan to get to the polls on election day. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "10 Things You Should Know About Door-to-Door Political Canvassing," 31 Oct. 2018

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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 \

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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