What does campaign mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. political campaign, campaign, runnoun

    a race between candidates for elective office

    "I managed his campaign for governor"; "he is raising money for a Senate run"

  2. campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effortnoun

    a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

    "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. campaign, military campaignnoun

    several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal (usually within geographical and temporal constraints)

  4. campaign, hunting expedition, safariverb

    an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa)

  5. campaign, runverb

    run, stand, or compete for an office or a position

    "Who's running for treasurer this year?"

  6. crusade, fight, press, campaign, push, agitateverb

    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

    "The liberal party pushed for reforms"; "She is crusading for women's rights"; "The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate"

  7. campaign, take the fieldverb

    go on a campaign; go off to war


  1. Campaignnoun

    Hence: Any coordinated effort to contact potential supporters or customers and solicit their support or patronage; as, an advertising campaign.

  2. Campaignnoun

    Political operations preceding an election, by candidates, their assistants, and supporters, for the purpose of convincing voters to vote for the candidate. It usually consists of one or more methods of contacting voters including advertising, distribution or mailing of printed leaflets or letters; speeches, interviews with news media, and door-to-door visits with potential voters.


  1. campaignnoun

    A series of operations undertaken to achieve a set goal; as, an election campaign, a military campaign, an advertising campaign.

    The company is targeting children in their latest advertising campaign.

  2. campaignverb

    To take part in a campaign.

    She campaigned for better social security.

  3. Etymology: From campagne, from campagna, from campania, from campus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Campaign, CAMPANIAnoun

    Etymology: campaigne, French; campania, Ital.

    The contrary of all this happens in countries thinly inhabited, and especially in vast campanias, where there are few cities, besides what grow by the residence of kings. William Temple.

    Those grateful groves, that shade the plain,
    Where Tiber rolls majestick to the main,
    And fattens, as he runs, the fair campaign. Samuel Garth, Ovid.

    This might have hastened his march, which would have made a fair conclusion of the campaign. Edward Hyde.

    An iliad rising out of one campaign. Addison.


  1. campaign

    A campaign generally refers to an organized, strategic course of action aimed towards achieving a specific goal or objective. This term is typically used in the context of politics, marketing, or social causes, where various methods such as advertising, promotion, or public advocacy are used to generate support, influence public opinion, or stimulate sales.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Campaignnoun

    an open field; a large, open plain without considerable hills. SeeChampaign

  2. Campaignnoun

    a connected series of military operations forming a distinct stage in a war; the time during which an army keeps the field

  3. Campaignnoun

    political operations preceding an election; a canvass

  4. Campaignnoun

    the period during which a blast furnace is continuously in operation

  5. Campaignverb

    to serve in a campaign

  6. Etymology: [F. campagne, It. campagna, fr. L. Campania the level country about Naples, fr. campus field. See Camp, and cf. Champaign, Champagne.]


  1. Campaign

    In role-playing games, a campaign is a continuing storyline or set of adventures, typically involving the same characters. The purpose of the continuing storyline is to introduce a further aspect into the game: that of development, improvement, and growth of the characters. In a campaign, a single session becomes a scene or an act within an overall story arc. At its inception, a campaign may or may not have a defined conclusion. A campaign by definition spans more than one session of play. Certain aspects of the game are nearly always constant throughout a campaign: the setting, the players, and the gamemaster. The gamemaster for a campaign is said to run the campaign.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Campaign

    kam-pān′, n. a large open field or plain: the time during which an army keeps the field: an excursion into the country: an organised series of operations in the advocacy of a political or social cause.—v.i. to serve in a campaign.—ns. Campagn′a, once equivalent to champaign, now used only of the Campagna, an undulating, mostly uncultivated and unhealthy plain around Rome; Campaign′er, one who has served in several campaigns. [Fr. campagne—L. campaniacampus, a field.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. campaign

    A series of related major operations aimed at achieving strategic and operational objectives within a given time and space. See also campaign plan.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. campaign

    A series of connected operations by an army in the field, unbroken by its retiring into quarters.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. campaign

    A connected series of military operations, forming a distinct stage or step in a war. Formerly, when troops kept the field only during the summer months, the term was used to include all that was done from the time an army took the field until it went again into winter quarters. In modern times, when no ordinary degree of cold is allowed to arrest military operations, the term is frequently used to include all steps taken to accomplish one immediate object.

Editors Contribution

  1. campaign

    A structured and organized communication, movement and effort for a specific cause a person or people choose to change.

    The campaign for consultation on the proposed new wind farm has progressed and the public are now being consulted.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'campaign' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1096

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'campaign' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1901

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'campaign' in Nouns Frequency: #417

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'campaign' in Verbs Frequency: #928

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of campaign in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of campaign in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of campaign in a Sentence

  1. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    I believe in the battle-whether it's the battle of a campaign or the battle of this office, which is a continuing battle.

  2. Packer Gage:

    She starts out having some benefits of gender because she is something different, but then starts to feel like a typical politician and gets back down to earth, you do see her starting to frame her campaign as a campaign for women, but that's a narrow campaign, not a winning campaign. You aren't going to win 100% of women.

  3. Brian Fallon:

    She talked the other day how we are taking this campaign national. I think a lot of the markers have been laid on a lot of what the core contrasts are on this campaign. There will be a couple debates in the next 10 days and I am sure some of those differences they have will manifest themselves and surface again, but in a phase of the campaign where we are not truly running a national campaign and in some of these states she has the opportunity to be there only for a brief period, we are going to lead with our affirmative message.

  4. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    Get a good night's sleep and don't bug anybody without asking me. (To re-election campaign manager Clark MacGregor)

  5. Michael Briggs:

    Our campaign months ago alerted the DNC to the fact that campaign data was being made available to other campaigns. At that time our campaign did not run to the media, relying instead on assurances from the vendor, unfortunately, yesterday, the vendor once again dropped the firewall between the campaigns for some data. After discussion with the DNC it became clear that one of our staffers accessed some modeling data from another campaign.

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