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

Her resume's blend of fashion campaigns and philanthropy work is beyond impressive, but the recent listing her NYC apartment has us all praising her interior design taste too. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner Are Selling Their $7 Million NYC Apartment," 4 Mar. 2019 Toys That Time Forgot, Volume One, was published in 2017 through a Kickstarter campaign, and Volume Two is no different. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Man Chronicling the Lost World of Toys That Never Were," 27 Feb. 2019 Over the course of the hacking campaign, the group accessed at least 90 computers and stole hundreds of gigabytes of data, according to the charging document. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Chinese hackers charged with stealing data from NASA, IBM, and others," 20 Dec. 2018 An apparent long shot in deeply conservative Texas, O’Rourke gave Cruz a serious run for his money thanks to his activist bent, unconventional campaign, and debate dunks, earning him high-profile endorsements from the likes of Beyoncé along the way. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Beto O'Rourke Officially Announced His 2020 Presidential Campaign," 14 Mar. 2019 Latham worked for Hillary Clinton during the main stretch of the campaign, from August 2015 until November 2016. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Sara Latham, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New PR Manager, Worked for Hillary Clinton's Campaign," 14 Mar. 2019 The bill, known as H.R. 1, includes a range of measures concerning voting rights, election security and campaign finance. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "House Passes Election Overhaul Package," 8 Mar. 2019 What are the roots of campaign finance reform in the ’70s? Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Political Division? That’s Nothing New," 7 Mar. 2019 Now Republicans are considering whether to give final approval to a bill that would strip campaign-finance oversight from Democratic Secretary of State-elect Jocelyn Benson. David Eggert, The Seattle Times, "GOP power play in Michigan must go through pragmatic Snyder," 17 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Missouri just elected a new Republican senator, Josh Hawley, who campaigned as a fierce critic of Google's business practices. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google CEO Sundar Pichai will face lawmakers at a hearing next week," 28 Nov. 2018 The achievements of the women of New Zealand who campaigned for their right to vote, and were the first in the world to achieve it, are universally admired. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Explains What Feminism Means to Her During an Empowering Speech," 29 Oct. 2018 The achievements of the women of New Zealand who campaigned for their right to vote, and were the first in the world to achieve it, are universally admired. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Gave a Powerful Speech About Feminism in New Zealand," 28 Oct. 2018 Three of the women who'd taken part in the 1990 protest and several others who campaigned years later for the right to drive was arrested last month. Aya Batrawy, The Christian Science Monitor, "Saudi Arabia’s 'driving ban' is finally lifted," 25 June 2018 The surprise move to issue some women licenses early came as activists who had campaigned for the right to drive remain under arrest. BostonGlobe.com, "First Saudi women receive driving licenses," 5 June 2018 Bashed by conservatives as too liberal, McCaskill has campaigned heavily outside Missouri’s Democratic strongholds in St. Louis and Kansas City. USA TODAY, "'Pivot counties' will be key in fight for Senate control," 10 July 2018 Hillary Clinton could have campaigned on a promise to install Obama’s nominee after November, and invited progressive voters to elect the first woman to the presidency – and (effectively) the first African-American woman to the Supreme Court. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "In Hindsight, Democrats Really Mishandled That Merrick Garland Thing," 26 June 2018 Both women have been seen standing in solidarity with the people of Standing Rock, protesting big banks, campaigning for fair wages for restaurant workers, and walking in the Women's March together. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Looking Back at Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's Decades-Long Friendship," 3 Feb. 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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