[ kam-peyn ]
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  1. the competition by rival political candidates and organizations for public office.

  2. a systematic course of aggressive activities for some specific purpose: a sales campaign.

  1. Military.

    • military operations for a specific objective.

    • Obsolete. the military operations of an army in the field for one season.

  2. a story in a role-playing game, spread out over multiple play sessions, that usually keeps the same plot, setting, or main characters: Last week we finished our campaign and I already miss it.

verb (used without object)
  1. to serve in or go on a campaign: He planned to campaign for the candidate.My daughter has been campaigning for a later curfew for months.

verb (used with object)
  1. to race (a horse, boat, car, etc.) in a number or series of competitions.

Origin of campaign

First recorded in 1620–30; from French campagne, from Italian campagna, from Late Latin campānia “level district,” equivalent to Latin camp(us) “field” + -ān(us) -an + -ia -ia

Other words for campaign

Other words from campaign

  • cam·paign·er, noun
  • coun·ter·cam·paign, noun
  • pre·cam·paign, noun, adjective
  • re·cam·paign, verb
  • un·cam·paign·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use campaign in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for campaign


/ (kæmˈpeɪn) /

  1. a series of coordinated activities, such as public speaking and demonstrating, designed to achieve a social, political, or commercial goal: a presidential campaign; an advertising campaign

  2. military a number of complementary operations aimed at achieving a single objective, usually constrained by time or geographic area

  1. (intr often foll by for) to conduct, serve in, or go on a campaign

Origin of campaign

C17: from French campagne open country, from Italian campagna, from Late Latin campānia, from Latin campus field

Derived forms of campaign

  • campaigner, noun

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