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

The Citizens will be hoping to have a better European campaign this time around, having only reached the quarter-finals for two seasons running. SI.com, "Shakhtar, Zagreb, Atalanta: Everything You Need to Know About Man City's Champions League Opponents," 1 Sep. 2019 Jonas and Varvatos, together with Chopra and Varvatos’s wife, Joyce, appear in the brand’s ad campaign, a series of black-and-white images shot by photographer Ryan McGinley in Jalisco. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Nick Jonas and Menswear Designer John Varvatos Launch Villa One Tequila," 31 Aug. 2019 Michael Kretschmer, the premier, who has fought a strong campaign, is odds-on to lead the CDU to first place. The Economist, "Elections in the east test Germany’s creaky unity government," 31 Aug. 2019 Walking away with a 46-41 win to open the 2019 campaign, the Comets were by no means perfect, but showed just how talented this roster can be with some heart. cleveland.com, "No. 8 Solon football digs deep, gets past Hudson, 46-41," 30 Aug. 2019 The campaign, produced by marketing agency Ogilvy, began around two weeks ago but only attracted attention this week. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Cadbury fails to solve racism with multicolored chocolate bar," 30 Aug. 2019 Dicus leads a global team focused on delivering best in class artist marketing campaigns, industry support and partnerships. Hannah Malach, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Moves at Songtrust, Dualtone, Monument Records & More," 30 Aug. 2019 Posting a video and photograph from her new Chanel campaign, Teddy addressed how meaningful the role was. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Teddy Quinlivan Became the First Openly Transgender Model to Work with Chanel," 29 Aug. 2019 Zarif, who is under U.S. sanctions, had been scheduled to go to Asia as part of a tour to seek support for Iran amid the American campaign against it since Trump withdrew the U.S. from Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal. Time, "Iranian Official Surprises World Leaders With Unannounced Visit to G-7 Summit," 25 Aug. 2019

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Check out the 5 things podcast below and subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts: Post debate announcement, Democrats hit the campaign trail The candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 will be busy campaigning Friday. Editors, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Dorian, US Open, Labor Day gas prices: 5 things to know Friday," 30 Aug. 2019 Some unsolicited ideas for those campaigning up north: ■ Learn the difference between New Hampshire and Vermont. Felice Belman, BostonGlobe.com, "How to make friends in New Hampshire: A guide for would-be presidents," 29 Aug. 2019 Following the episode, Wells Adams showed his support by campaigning for Peth to be the next Bachelor lead. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Who Will Be the Next Bachelor? Analyzing Mike Johnson, Derek Peth and Peter Weber's Chances," 26 Aug. 2019 The chances are that politicians, campaigning groups and the CEOs themselves will decide—and that ordinary people will not have a voice. The Economist, "What companies are for," 22 Aug. 2019 Before all of that, though, Wolves welcome Manchester United to Molineux on Monday evening, with both sides keen to get their Premier League campaigns off to strong starts. SI.com, "Wolves: The XI That Should Start Against Manchester United," 17 Aug. 2019 Councilor Will Bradshaw, also newly elected, campaigned with the support of Martinez and Mayor Chris Riley. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Rivalries, alliances emerge in Leon Valley forfeitures hearing," 9 Aug. 2019 That support failed to scare off Jacob, who proved a prolific fundraiser, and Anderson quit campaigning before the primary. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nearly $1.5 million has already poured into 2020 San Diego County supervisors races," 2 Aug. 2019 Sensing voters approved of Reagan’s liberal policies, Clinton, a Democrat, campaigned on reducing welfare and completed George H.W. Bush’s North American Free Trade Agreement. John Broich, The Conversation, "The difference between ‘left’ and ‘liberal’ – and why voters need to know," 30 July 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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