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

Gucci Beauty's new campaign for the launch of 58 lipsticks—the brand’s first cosmetics launch under creative director Alessandro Michele—aims to flip the script on what's considered conventionally beautiful. Glamour, "Does Gucci’s New Lipstick Ad Make You Uncomfortable? Good," 6 May 2019 Since starting the campaign, more than 95,000 images have been tagged using the #stillaboy hashtag, and many of them have been collected on the @stillaboy_ Instagram account. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Parenting Tips & Advice," 30 Apr. 2019 Latham even played a pivotal role in Podesta's infamous email leal during the 2016 presidential campaign. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Sara Latham, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New PR Manager, Worked for Hillary Clinton's Campaign," 14 Mar. 2019 But first, the toys needed a name, and a fitting marketing campaign. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 On a much more positive note, Randall's campaign manager Jae-won Yoo (played by Tim Jo) will be making a comeback. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Season 4 Sounds Like It's Going to Be a REALLY Hard One for Fans," 19 Mar. 2019 Shutterstock While other cities were painted blue for religious or practical reasons, Juzcar, Spain, went all-blue in the summer of 2011 as a promotional campaign for the Smurfs movie. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 Booker is still on the hunt for a campaign manager, and so far the shortlist has included mostly men. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "2020 Democratic hopefuls are under pressure to build diverse teams," 29 Dec. 2018 Kylie's red hair in her Valentine's Day collection campaign? Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "Hairstylist Tokyo Stylez Breaks Down How to Style a Wig at a Music Festival," 13 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Long Shot starts campaigning in theaters on Friday, May 3. Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen and Darren Criss Rocked and Rolled at the 2019 City Harvest Gala," 2 May 2019 The decision, the latest in a series of pro-Israel moves under Mr. Trump, telegraphs support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the Israeli leader campaigns in a tight re-election bid under the cloud of potential corruption charges. ... Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Trump Backs Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights," 21 Mar. 2019 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is campaigning in a tough re-election battle, aware that a tough stance on security is paramount for voters. ... Felicia Schwartz And Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Political Dynamics Raise Risk for Israel-Hamas Clash," 26 Mar. 2019 In the November midterm elections, several candidates for governor and congressional offices campaigned — and won — on their climate change bona fides. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Climate and energy news in 2018 actually wasn’t all bad," 1 Jan. 2019 Further Reading Trump’s coal rescue is getting more complicated The Trump administration campaigned on its ability to save coal by cutting back Obama-era regulations. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump tried to rescue coal. Instead, coal capacity retirements doubled in 2018," 29 Nov. 2018 Tlaib actually campaigned with Omar ahead of the Minnesota primary this year. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "20 Big Firsts and Historic Wins from the 2018 Midterm Elections," 7 Nov. 2018 Solih campaigned door to door, promising at rallies to promote human rights and the rule of law, a message that resonated with voters who saw signs the Maldives were slipping back to autocratic rule, just a decade after achieving democracy. Fox News, "Maldives' provisional elections results show opposition win," 24 Sep. 2018 Patrick will campaign on Sunday for Colin Allred, a Democrat who is challenging Representative Pete Sessions in a district that includes Dallas, according to a person familiar with Patrick’s plans. Annie Linskey, BostonGlobe.com, "Former Mass. governor Deval Patrick to lend hand to campaigns in Texas," 13 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 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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