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

Meng Hongwei was arrested in September amid a campaign against corruption and political disloyalty led by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Washington Post, "Wife of arrested Chinese ex-Interpol president sues agency," 8 July 2019 Since the start of the legislative session, discontented Republicans in Anchorage and the Kenai have begun recall campaigns against Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Soldotna, and Giessel. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Red on Red: Republican split in Alaska Legislature contributes to impasse," 7 July 2019 George Armstrong Custer in a military campaign against the Lakota and Cheyenne. Patrick Springer / Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Along with Custer, a Pioneer Press contributor met his end 143 years ago at Battle of the Little Bighorn," 6 July 2019 For many, the move seemed to be part of a wider populist campaign against the media. Julia Webster, Time, "A Radio Station in Italy Finds Itself on the Frontline of a Populist Attack on the Press," 5 July 2019 Former Navy Seal Floyd McLendon of Dallas is expected to mount a GOP campaign against Allred. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "Allen West exploring campaign for Texas GOP chairman, opts against challenging Colin Allred for Congress," 3 July 2019 The Republican colleagues are among conservative lawmakers and commentators united in a campaign against Nike. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Nike flag flap leaves conservatives looking for "not so woke" shoes," 3 July 2019 The two have a longstanding partnership, and recently came together for the campaign of Kors' newest fragrance, Wonderlust, a warm, spicy scent perfect for a summer full of adventure. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "The One Travel Tip Gigi Hadid Swears By," 3 July 2019 The star of the campaign is Hank, a 21-year-old horse from the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "It's a beautiful day in the neighhhborhood: Lexington dresses up horse as Mr. Rogers," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some, especially in the EPP and S&D, complain that Mrs von der Leyen lacks a democratic mandate, having not campaigned as a Spitzenkandidat. The Economist, "EU leaders’ arduous deal on top jobs may yet fall apart," 4 July 2019 English’s team alleged that Brown’s supporters had violated election rules and campaigned improperly. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "As new leadership moves forward, uncertainty remains over Baltimore Teachers Union election results," 4 July 2019 Fans immediately began campaigning for justice for Bob, who left Hawkins far too soon. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Happened in Season 2 of Stranger Things?," 3 July 2019 President Donald Trump even seems to be making cheap money part of his early 2020 re-election bid, as Trump is increasingly campaigning for rate cuts. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "How you can benefit from an unexpected shift in interest rates," 3 July 2019 The group that successfully campaigned to restore voting rights to former felons in Florida is launching a fund to help pay off outstanding fines and fees preventing thousands from voting. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Amendment 4 backers launch fund to pay ex-felons’ fines as lawsuits move forward," 1 July 2019 This isn't the first time she's joined a Democrat who was campaigning for office. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Republican state education chief to join Democratic gubernatorial hopeful on campaign trail," 1 July 2019 But there’s going to be a lot of debating and campaigning from a field larger than a high-school glee club and without the saving grace of spangly outfits. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Late-night TV confronts a tough question: Are Democratic candidates funny?," 28 June 2019 However, the event met opposition when conservative activist Elizabeth Johnston campaigned against the affair, urging her supporters to follow her lead. Fox News, "Florida library’s LGBTQ prom canceled over safety concerns," 28 June 2019

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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 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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