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

intransitive verb

: to take an active part in an election
specifically : to work for the election of a candidate or party
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, 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, 11 June 2019 Would there be less electioneering if these procedures weren’t televised? WSJ, 11 Sep. 2018 But the burgeoning Progressive movement sought to make casting ballots a peaceful and orderly experience unfettered by electioneering. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, 15 June 2018 The group, however, has focused on campaign contributions and disclosures, not electioneering. Seth Ogilvie, idahostatesman, 1 Nov. 2017 The rules on electioneering for public employees and officials in Idaho are murky, or nonexistent. Seth Ogilvie, idahostatesman, 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. Rachel Zoll, The Denver Post, 3 May 2017

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Word History


election + -eer (as in privateer, verb)

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of electioneer was in 1760

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Cite this Entry

“Electioneer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electioneer. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


elec·​tion·​eer i-ˌlek-shə-ˈni(ə)r How to pronounce electioneer (audio)
: to work for a candidate or party in an election
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