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campaign Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a race between candidates for elective office
    run; political campaign.
    • I managed his campaign for governor
    • he is raising money for a Senate run
  2. noun a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
    cause; drive; crusade; effort; movement.
    • he supported populist campaigns
    • they worked in the cause of world peace
    • the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant
    • the movement to end slavery
    • contributed to the war effort
  3. noun several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal (usually within geographical and temporal constraints)
    military campaign.
  4. noun an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa)
    hunting expedition; safari.
  5. verb run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
    • Who's running for treasurer this year?
  6. verb exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for
    agitate; fight; push; crusade; press.
    • The liberal party pushed for reforms
    • She is crusading for women's rights
    • The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate
  7. verb go on a campaign; go off to war
    take the field.

Cam*paign" noun
F. campagne, It. campagna, fr. L. Campania the level country about Naples, fr. campus field. See Camp, and cf. Champaign, Champagne.
  1. An open field; a large, open plain without considerable hills. SeeChampaign. Grath.
  2. (Mil.) A connected series of military operations forming a distinct stage in a war; the time during which an army keeps the field. Wilhelm.
  3. Political operations preceding an election; a canvass. Cant, U. S.
  4. (Metal.) The period during which a blast furnace is continuously in operation.
Cam*paign" intransitive verb
  1. To serve in a campaign.

Webster 1913