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 But Trump’s criticism of Sessions is certain to be an issue in the Republican campaign between now and the March 3 primary. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Jeff Sessions makes it official: He’s in Alabama Senate race," 8 Nov. 2019 There’s nothing subliminal about the slick campaign to get Texans aboard its petition at change.org. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Chevy seeks more Suburban cred as national vehicle of Texas," 7 Nov. 2019 But my great-uncle fought in the North Africa campaign. Kiley Bense, Longreads, "Whose Boots on the Ground," 7 Nov. 2019 The Santaluces Community High School varsity football team has played at a high level throughout the 2019 campaign and the Chiefs recently defeated Olympic Heights 21-7 in the regular season finale. Alex Kushel, sun-sentinel.com, "Santaluces surges past Olympic Heights 21-7 in regular season varsity football finale," 7 Nov. 2019 The campaign obviously hasn’t soured either Rasmussen or Taylor on the use of social media. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Professor who teaches a class on trolling and social media elected to Forest Hills school board," 7 Nov. 2019 Sessions was one of Trump’s earliest supporters during the 2016 campaign and was the first senator to endorse Trump. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Jeff Sessions Expected To Announce Run For His Old Senate Seat," 7 Nov. 2019 Hill has denied a relationship with her male legislative director, but did admit to and apologize for an affair with her female campaign staffer. Christine Flowers, Twin Cities, "Christine M. Flowers: Rep. Katie Hill resigned because she behaved unethically, ‘revenge porn’ aside," 4 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, older Democrats have been reluctant to support Hill, who resigned after also admitting to an improper relationship with a campaign staffer. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Here's why Twitter may have trouble enforcing its own political ads ban," 1 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sanders will continue campaigning in Iowa on his own Sunday and Monday. BostonGlobe.com, "Rand Paul: Voter ‘anger’ at play in Ky. governor’s race," 11 Nov. 2019 Like many of these candidates, Parker campaigned on progressive reform, promising to fight for fair wages, affordable transportation, and an end to discriminatory policies. Jessica Testa, Marie Claire, "How Rapper-Turned-Politician Mariah Parker Does It All," 7 Nov. 2019 Sladek, 40, campaigned on the promise of not giving in to developers’ requests to build more homes and apartments that Oviedo’s current land development regulations currently allow. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Megan Sladek wins mayor’s seat in Oviedo election," 6 Nov. 2019 Whitmer and Nessel both campaigned on decommissioning Line 5. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Court: State law that allows Line 5 tunnel construction is constitutional," 31 Oct. 2019 That same day, Harris, campaigning in rural Cedar County, received no questions from her audience about impeachment. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Democratic voters concentrate on candidates, not impeachment," 19 Oct. 2019 Elijah Norris-Holliday The candidate stopped campaigning in August after a judge revoked his stay of adjudication on felony convictions, making him ineligible to run for office. Pioneer Press Elections Team, Twin Cities, "Minnesota elections 2019: St. Paul School Board candidates," 14 Oct. 2019 Walsh arrived in the Granite State as the third Trump primary challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, was campaigning in the state. Fox News, "Joe Walsh takes aim at fellow Trump primary challenger Sanford," 10 Oct. 2019 When Elizabeth Warren campaigned in Nevada in February, Abbie Peters was there. Will Weissert, chicagotribune.com, "As Elizabeth Warren soars in polls, she faces sharpened scrutiny, including of her story of being fired from job for being pregnant," 8 Oct. 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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of campaign was circa 1656

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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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