electioneer

verb
elec·​tion·​eer | \ i-ˌlek-shə-ˈnir How to pronounce electioneer (audio) \
electioneered; electioneering; electioneers

Definition of electioneer

intransitive verb

: to take an active part in an election specifically : to work for the election of a candidate or party

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Other Words from electioneer

electioneerer noun

Examples of electioneer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Fairfax County Republican Committee accused Brabrand of electioneering on behalf of school board candidates backed by the Democratic Party. Washington Post, "Democratic-backed candidates take full control of Fairfax County, Va., school board," 6 Nov. 2019 The issue of the perimeter aside, Kutzmark said the banners were not electioneering, and not even a political statement. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "’Black Lives Matter’ banners cost a California church its polling place. Now, it’s suing.," 11 June 2019 Would there be less electioneering if these procedures weren’t televised? WSJ, "Kavanaugh Brings Out the Swamp Creatures," 11 Sep. 2018 But the burgeoning Progressive movement sought to make casting ballots a peaceful and orderly experience unfettered by electioneering. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Why Are There Laws That Restrict What People Can Wear to the Polls?," 15 June 2018 The group, however, has focused on campaign contributions and disclosures, not electioneering. Seth Ogilvie, idahostatesman, "In other states, this endorsement would have broken the law. In Idaho, it’s legal. | Idaho Statesman," 1 Nov. 2017 The rules on electioneering for public employees and officials in Idaho are murky, or nonexistent. Seth Ogilvie, idahostatesman, "In other states, this endorsement would have broken the law. In Idaho, it’s legal. | Idaho Statesman," 1 Nov. 2017 The policy still allows a wide range of advocacy on political issues, but in the case of houses of worship, bars electioneering and outright political endorsements from the pulpit. Catherine Lucey, chicagotribune.com, "Trump likely to sign order on political limits for churches," 3 May 2017 The policy still allows a wide range of advocacy on political issues, but in the case of houses of worship, bars electioneering and outright political endorsements from the pulpit. Rachel Zoll, The Denver Post, "Trump to sign order on political limits for churches," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of electioneer

1760, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for electioneer

election + -eer (as in privateer, verb)

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The first known use of electioneer was in 1760

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“Electioneer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electioneer. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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