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cam·​paign (ˌ)kam-ˈpān How to pronounce campaign (audio)
: a connected series of military operations forming a distinct phase of a war
the bombing campaign
: a connected series of operations designed to bring about a particular result
election campaign
an advertising campaign


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campaigned; campaigning; campaigns

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 stableA. H. Higginson
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.
Recent Examples on the Web
The total donated to candidate committees and outside groups supporting the campaigns amounted to $25.8 million, with 71.7% going to Democrats and 22.1% to Republicans. Anabel Sosa, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2024 Maupin alleges the Weldon Spring senator’s campaign accepted 24 contributions above legal limits during the current campaign, and that 2.4% of his contributions have come from anonymous donors – more than the 1% limit in state law. Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star, 7 June 2024
The governing party candidate campaigned on continuing the political course set over the last six years by her political mentor President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 3 June 2024 Now Tesla is campaigning to get shareholders to reapprove the pay for Mr. Musk, who has helped build the company into the most valuable automaker in the world. Jack Ewing, New York Times, 31 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for campaign 

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Word History


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

First Known Use


circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1692, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of campaign was circa 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Campaign.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a series of military operations in a particular area or for a particular purpose as part of a war
: a connected series of activities designed to bring about a particular result
an election campaign
campaign verb
campaigner noun

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