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 President Trump spoke out Friday against the possibility that his supporters could boycott Georgia’s two Senate runoff election races amid his campaign’s ongoing legal challenge of the state’s presidential election results. Thomas Barrabi, Fox News, "Trump warns Georgia runoff boycott would play 'right into the hands of some very sick people'," 28 Nov. 2020 There is not a single court in the country that has found his campaign’s claims to be credible and with good reason: There has been no evidence presented to support them and no colorable argument made to support the attacks. Janine Geske, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Wisconsin Supreme Court should protect the voices of Badger state voters," 27 Nov. 2020 Some Democrats said Biden should take Clyburn's opinion into consideration, given his help in his campaign early on. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Fight brewing over who Biden will pick as agriculture secretary," 27 Nov. 2020 However, his campaign and its allies are fighting on. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "'Calling an election unfair does not make it so': Appeals court denies Trump campaign's effort to overturn Biden's win in Pennsylvania," 27 Nov. 2020 The New Orleans Pelicans will play two preseason games in the lead-up to their 2020-21 campaign. Christian Clark | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Jrue Holiday could make Smoothie King Center return soon in Pelicans' home preseason game," 27 Nov. 2020 Shipping is the second global transport sector that the EU is targeting in its campaign against climate change after an attempt to put a carbon price on international flights. Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg.com, "Shipping Industry and Asian Nations Object to EU Pollution Plan," 26 Nov. 2020 The Salvation Army has used the Cowboys halftime show the last 24 years to kick off its national Red Kettle campaign. David Moore, Dallas News, "Is Kane Brown Dak’s doppelganger? ‘I get that all the time,’ says Prescott," 26 Nov. 2020 The Lions started their campaign on Oct. 3 with a 28-7 loss to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Solomon Crenshaw Jr., al, "Thanksgiving 2020: Despite COVID and economic crisis, Alabamians remain grateful," 26 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many officers and agents privately expressed concerns in the final weeks of the presidential race about traveling to campaign events across the country. Zolan Kanno-youngs, Star Tribune, "Dozens of Secret Service officers sidelined by coronavirus outbreak," 13 Nov. 2020 House Republicans oppose the rule and point to several Democrats who appear to have utilized proxy voting in order to campaign, take vacations, or deal with family matters. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Pelosi extends proxy voting until 2021," 13 Nov. 2020 Others like House Speaker Todd Huston, R-Fishers, were forced to campaign as well in order to make sure their seats were safe. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "Democrats were hopeful Hale could flip the 5th District. Here's why that didn't happen.," 8 Nov. 2020 One lesson of Trump is that presidential politics rewards entrepreneurial candidates who figure out a new way to win a party’s nomination and to campaign. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Trump’s Staying Power," 6 Nov. 2020 This is why Trump allocated resources and time to campaign near in the red state of Nebraska on Tuesday night, and why Vice President Mike Pence also campaigned in the blue state of Maine last week: to try and hold on to these two electoral votes. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Nebraska and Maine's district voting method could be crucial in this election. Here's why.," 4 Nov. 2020 And aides credited Trump’s relentless focus on the economy - and willingness to campaign even after his own bout with Covid-19 - for endearing him to voters more worried about their pocketbooks than the pandemic. Justin Sink, Bloomberg.com, "Biden ‘Blue Wave’ Fails to Materialize as GOP Bests Expectations," 4 Nov. 2020 Trump, meanwhile, made an aggressive attempt to campaign in and hold on to his margin in Arizona this time around, making seven trips to the state in 2020. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Biden’s Arizona win makes Pennsylvania less crucial," 4 Nov. 2020 Joe Biden began election eve by barnstorming Ohio -- his third general election trip to the state -- and then made his 18th trip to Pennsylvania to campaign the rest of the day. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "Election Day is here - Trail Markers special early edition," 3 Nov. 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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Last Updated

30 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Campaign.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/campaign. Accessed 1 Dec. 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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