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

Having had perhaps the worst ever season last campaign during his tenure at the club, Ramos will be hoping to lead and steer his side into success this season, even if Los Blancos have made a slow start in La Liga. SI.com, "Zinedine Zidane Reveals Injury Concerns Led to Sergio Ramos Substitution Against Levante," 15 Sep. 2019 Alabama is among the 14 Super Tuesday states, and has been anticipating multiple campaign visits by Democratic presidential hopefuls. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, "Is the 2020 Democratic presidential primary in Alabama in jeopardy?," 15 Sep. 2019 But there is no evidence that the Kremlin’s screwball, Boris Badenov–worthy campaign of dank memery had any meaningful effect on the 2016 election. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Resist?," 15 Sep. 2019 Democratic candidates like Andrew Yang and Elizabeth Warren also sell campaign merchandise through the app. Kerry Flynn, CNN, "Snapchat launches political ads library as 2020 election ramps up," 15 Sep. 2019 Police said Tina Kingshill was passing out campaign literature for City Council candidate Travis McGee in Sunnyside and parked on Wilmington Street when Bell approached the vehicle. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "City Council block walker robbed in Sunnyside, Houston police say," 14 Sep. 2019 So far no one on the Democratic side, including frontrunner Joe Biden, has mustered the courage to campaign for free markets. Fortune, "Do U.S. Democrats Have a Better China Strategy?," 14 Sep. 2019 President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed to cooperate with the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election; Manafort pleaded guilty to two federal crimes and avoided a second trial. orlandosentinel.com, "Today in history: September 14," 14 Sep. 2019 Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and presidency has been unusually vehement in opposition to the government’s power to enact regulations. Jennifer Mercieca, The Conversation, "Why won’t Democrats say they want government to solve problems?," 13 Sep. 2019

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Nevada and South Carolina were the first two states Sanders campaigned in after the September Democratic debate. NBC News, "Sanders shakes up staff as campaign enters new phase," 16 Sep. 2019 Pepped up by the attention his campaigning against gun violence has received following a slaughter in his hometown of El Paso last month, Mr O’Rourke was on fluent form. Lexington | Washington, The Economist, "The third Democratic primary debate thins the field," 13 Sep. 2019 He's campaigned in the past as the Israeli leader who would, and could, end the militant group Hamas's control over Gaza. Sam Kiley, CNN, "Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign has an air of desperation as Israeli election polls tighten," 13 Sep. 2019 Their hope was to win over Republican-leaning voters by campaigning against Trump’s personality, not his party. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Democrats are missing an opportunity to brand Trump as too conservative, poll suggests," 13 Sep. 2019 Especially in the district-rural areas, Trump’s campaigning the day before the election almost certainly had an impact in boosting GOP base turnout. E.j. Dionne Jr., The Mercury News, "Dionne: ‘Trump 2024’ tweet, N. Carolina vote show extreme division," 12 Sep. 2019 Democrats Jose Caballero, a Navy veteran and delegate for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016, and Joaquín Vázquez, a policy adviser, also have announced and were campaigning prior to news of Davis’s departure. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local activist Ray Lutz creates campaign committee for 53rd Congressional District," 12 Sep. 2019 Under Trudeau, the party managed to reverse its grim 2011 showing by campaigning on a more left-leaning agenda: Calling for electoral reform, major climate action, transforming Ottawa’s relationship with indigenous people, and more. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "Canada’s election season has begun. It’ll last just 40 days.," 11 Sep. 2019 In the 2018 election, a new County Council was swept in, some campaigning on themes of diversity and equity. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "In Howard County, a ‘courageous’ plan to redraw school boundaries tests community’s commitment to diversity," 6 Sep. 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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