- 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
Synonyms for campaignSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for campaignoffensive, drive, fight, crusade, push, operation, movement, stump, lobby, barnstorm, politick, warfare, expedition, run, contest, tour, agitate, canvass, electioneer, muckrake
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Contemporary Examples of campaign
But the inability to measure progress in the ISIS campaign is widespread.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
The U.S. campaign against ISIS leans on two pillars: conducting airstrikes, and beefing up local forces.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’
Nancy A. Youssef
January 6, 2015
Recall how Clinton returned to Arkansas from the campaign trail to preside over the execution of a mentally disabled man.President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion
January 2, 2015
Among the characters to be portrayed were the people I had written about—the unsung heroes of the Selma campaign.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
The campaign was known to palace insiders as “Operation Mrs. PB.”Pulled Documentary Says William Felt ‘Used’ by Charles’ Push for Camilla
December 30, 2014
Historical Examples of campaign
The three generals now held a council of war, to decide on a plan of campaign.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
He went to his grotto, and carefully thought out a plan of campaign.The Boy Life of Napoleon
In 1877, when in campaign in Bulgaria, Alexander did not know what "nerves" meant.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Condé and Turenne were after their campaign with the Imperialists at the height of their fame.Reflections
Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
Declarations of love (during a campaign) to be submitted in writing.
- 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 for campaign
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.
1701, from campaign (n.). Political sense is from 1801. Related: Campaigned; campaigning.