- military operations for a specific objective.
- Obsolete.the military operations of an army in the field for one season.
- a systematic course of aggressive activities for some specific purpose: a sales campaign.
- the competition by rival political candidates and organizations for public office.
- to serve in or go on a campaign: He planned to campaign for the candidate. He campaigned in France.
- to race (a horse, boat, car, etc.) in a number or series of competitions.
Origin of campaign
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Examples from the Web for campaigning
“You try to always scratch where the itch is,” Huckabee said about his campaigning and rhetoric in the 2008 primary.Why This Liberal Hearts Huckabee
January 6, 2015
One day while Richards was campaigning, someone reported there was a bomb on her small plane.My Love Letter to the Stetson
December 24, 2014
Cianci spent the last several days campaigning in the Buddy-Mobile, an SUV plastered with posters of himself.Former Providence Mayor & Ex-Con Buddy Cianci's Redemption Tour Goes Bust
November 4, 2014
That is why Malloy is campaigning on a lonely stretch of barber shops and boxing gyms in New Haven a week before the election.Dan Malloy Is Progressives’ Dream Governor. So Why Isn’t He Winning?
October 30, 2014
Campaigning Monday, Kasich told the Associated Press that a full repeal of the hated law is “not gonna happen.”John Kasich’s Unforgivable Truth About Obamacare
October 21, 2014
We were by this time not enamoured of campaigning in any large degree, from our own experience of it.In the Valley
A few weeks of campaigning, he said, would soon cure me of my squeamishness.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
You understand my anxieties while he is campaigning with the King.The Arrow of Gold
This she realized more fully than ever, when the excitement of campaigning was over.A Woman for Mayor
Helen M. Winslow
Thirty days of campaigning leaves him as strong and fresh as ever.Riders of the Silences
- a series of coordinated activities, such as public speaking and demonstrating, designed to achieve a social, political, or commercial goala presidential campaign; an advertising campaign
- military a number of complementary operations aimed at achieving a single objective, usually constrained by time or geographic area
- (intr often foll by for) to conduct, serve in, or go on a campaign
Word Origin and History for campaigning
1701, from campaign (n.). Political sense is from 1801. Related: Campaigned; campaigning.
1640s, "operation of an army in the field," from French campagne "campaign," literally "open country," from Old French champagne "countryside, open country" (suited to military maneuvers), from Late Latin campania "level country" (source of Italian campagna, Spanish campaña, Portuguese campanha), from Latin campus "a field" (see campus). Old armies spent winters in quarters and took to the "open field" to seek battle in summer. Extension of meaning from military to political is American English, 1809.