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

Republicans who ran Trump-like campaigns on identity issues, like Rep. Steve King in Iowa and Ron DeSantis in the Florida governor’s race, were rewarded by the rural and non-college white electorate. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The strange argument that Democrats actually lost the midterms, debunked," 9 Nov. 2018 Republican Marsha Blackburn’s victorious Senate campaign was backed by $2.5 million in spending by the NRA. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "Democrats Plan to Pursue Most Aggressive Gun-Control Legislation in Decades," 9 Nov. 2018 And remember: Volunteering isn’t restricted to activist groups or political campaigns. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "6 Things to Do to Stay Political Now That Midterms Are Over," 8 Nov. 2018 Coco Gordon Moore, whose mother, Kim Gordon, was the star of Marc Jacobs’s first-ever ad campaign, wears Kate Moss’s finale look: an ivory blazer and Crumb tee. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Marc Jacobs’s Grunge Collection for Perry Ellis Is Back! See Every Look," 7 Nov. 2018 The LaunchGood campaign, a fundraiser set up by two Muslim organizations, CelebrateMercy and MPower Change, is raising funds to help with funeral expenses and medical bills for the victims. 5. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "How To Help Victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting," 29 Oct. 2018 The film retells the true story of Gary Hart’s presidential campaign in 1988, which was thrown off course when he was caught having an extramarital affair. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Molly Ephraim Cast in First Major Role Since 'Last Man Standing' Exit," 27 Oct. 2018 The architect of that campaign was CIA director Mike Pompeo, who is now the Secretary of State. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Doesn’t Want a No-Fly Zone Over the Korean DMZ. Here’s Why.," 18 Oct. 2018 The first attempt came in April 2014, with the launch of around 120 Sprites aboard a shoebox-sized satellite called KickSat-1 — so named because Manchester financed the mission through a crowdfunded KickStarter campaign. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, "The Tiny Satellites That Might Fly to Another Solar System," 18 Oct. 2018

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Ellison faced his share of Islamophobic attacks while in office, and Omar saw compounded harassment while campaigning, as a Black Muslim woman, who is also an immigrant and a refugee from a country on the Muslim ban list. Azmia Magane, Teen Vogue, "Congresswoman-Elect Ilhan Omar Shares How She Deals With Islamophobia and Advice for Young People," 9 Nov. 2018 While all 13 presidential candidates were maneuvering for a final push, the race was upended on Sept. 6, when Bolsonaro was stabbed while campaigning in Juiz de Fora, a small city 125 miles (200 kilometers) Rio de Janeiro. Peter Prengaman, The Seattle Times, "A rise from marginal lawmaker to presidential front-runner," 27 Oct. 2018 The status quo means a system that favors male candidates and those with the financial resources to forgo working while campaigning. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "State law allows political candidates to expense a tuxedo, but not child care. That needs to change.," 12 July 2018 The Red Sox campaigned for him by writing #VoteBenny in chalk in the dirt behind home plate. Jimmy Golen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "J.D. Martinez homers again as Red Sox blank Rangers 5-0," 9 July 2018 The Enquirer/Sharon Coolidge Mayor John Cranley campaigned against privatizing the city of Cincinnati's parking system five years ago over concerns that losing control of the parking system would mean Chicago-like parking rates. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Park your car in Cincinnati? It's going to cost you (a lot) more.," 3 July 2018 While campaigning this year, AMLO moderated his positions to appeal to the middle class and to people in northern border regions who would be uneasy voting for a candidate on the left. David Agren, USA TODAY, "Mexico elects left-leaning populist as president by wide margin," 2 July 2018 The boys are assigned to parties known as The Federalists and The Nationalists and are campaigning for various offices. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "31 Katy-area boys in Austin for Texas Boys State 2018," 20 June 2018 Doc was always campaigning for him for All-Defensive First Team or trying to throw him into the defensive player of the year conversation. SI.com, "The Rockets Strange Offseason and the Pursuit of Carmelo Anthony," 10 July 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

French campagne, probably from Italian campagna level country, campaign, from Late Latin campania level country, from Latin, the level country around Naples

Verb

see campaign entry 1

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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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