Definition of campaign in English:

campaign

noun

  • 1A series of military operations intended to achieve a particular objective, confined to a particular area, or involving a specified type of fighting.

    ‘a desert campaign’
    ‘the army set off on campaign’
    ‘the air campaign’
    • ‘It is best, Sun Tzu said, when citizens are not involved in military campaigns.’
    • ‘In Italy, French and Spanish forces fought a series of see-saw campaigns against the Austrians.’
    • ‘Popular work also tends to concentrate on the famous campaigns of Western military history.’
    • ‘Napoleon Bonaparte purportedly used this technique during his military campaigns.’
    • ‘As with all military campaigns, control of information was its key weapon, and truth its first casualty.’
    • ‘The aim of campaigns of operational maneuver has historically been to impose our will on the enemy by force.’
    • ‘The plan included everything from propaganda operations to paramilitary campaigns and guerilla operations.’
    • ‘If not, we will be waging military campaigns against new tyrannical regimes over and over again.’
    • ‘This he achieved by a prolonged series of military campaigns which unified all northern India under his rule.’
    • ‘Peace negotiations continued at the same time as the military campaigns.’
    • ‘But there was also a learning curve for subsequent military and naval campaigns by the British and French.’
    • ‘That's a very important shift, and that will stay whatever the strengths or weaknesses of the military campaigns.’
    • ‘When hostilities start, the unified commands plan and conduct campaigns and major operations.’
    • ‘For the media it is a conflict conducted in a series of military campaigns.’
    • ‘The Crusades were a series of military campaigns during the time of Medieval England against the Muslims of the Middle East.’
    • ‘He was not much of a military figure and his campaigns were minor at best.’
    • ‘This book is a must for anyone interested in the eastern campaigns of the Civil War’
    • ‘He had intelligence, administrative ability and he was good at planning military campaigns.’
    • ‘Here the emphasis was on execution and not just the planning of campaigns and major operations.’
    • ‘We solemnly remember the soldiers who lost their lives fighting in these two campaigns.’
    military operation, military operations, manoeuvre, manoeuvres
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    1. 1.1 An organized course of action to achieve a particular goal.
      ‘an election campaign’
      ‘the campaign for a full inquiry into the regime’
      ‘an advertising campaign’
      with infinitive ‘his campaign to win the heart of a new woman’
      • ‘He also played a key role in the campaign against the care home.’
      • ‘Later, some men objected to their kind of poetry and launched a campaign against them.’
      • ‘The entire campaign for the referendum was set up to preclude that kind of idea from the start.’
      • ‘A Wiltshire primary school has stepped up its campaign for road safety with a petition.’
      • ‘The campaign against nanotechnology, like other green campaigns, is being built on the twin themes of unknown risk and corporate greed.’
      • ‘And he has now backed a local campaign against the show and vowed to go to prison in defence of his religion.’
      • ‘I was proud to be involved in the campaign for a maternity unit for Moray.’
      • ‘His experiences have formed the basis of a worldwide advertising campaign for Sure deodorant.’
      • ‘Polly Toynbee lets something slip as she pursues her campaign for the nationalisation of children.’
      • ‘Ronaldo said his visit was part of his campaign against poverty around the world.’
      • ‘From this platform he launched his campaign for election to the Lower House in 1958.’
      • ‘The Newbold councillor is spearheading a campaign for a ban on outdoor drinking across the borough.’
      • ‘Jakarta Police are in the midst of a campaign against drug trafficking in the capital.’
      • ‘The family have said that they have not sought any financial support for their campaign for justice and will not do so.’
      • ‘Burnley council were runners up in a national award this week thanks to their campaign against dog fouling.’
      • ‘Parents in Keighley have won a victory in a three-year campaign for free school bus passes.’
      • ‘Summers and the airport management have now started a campaign for tighter controls over the airspace.’
      • ‘We are thrilled that Dame Vera Lynn has joined our campaign for a memorial to the women of the Second World War.’
      • ‘Passenger numbers have soared since the M.E.N. won a campaign for a new city centre coach station.’
      • ‘Thousands of York residents were urged today to back a campaign for greater funding for flood defences.’
      crusade, drive, push, effort, struggle, move, movement
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Work in an organized and active way toward a particular goal, typically a political or social one.

    ‘people who campaigned against child labor’
    with infinitive ‘the services he had campaigned to protect’
    • ‘Parents accused of harming their children have also been campaigning for change.’
    • ‘I'm campaigning about it and I've refused to pay so far so the bills are mounting up.’
    • ‘Tomorrow we're not campaigning in the morning out of respect for the Pope's funeral.’
    • ‘He campaigned and researched to promote greater understanding of the cause and effects of elder abuse.’
    • ‘The news has been welcomed by groups campaigning for improved public transport.’
    • ‘Ever since they were installed, residents have been campaigning for their removal.’
    • ‘They are campaigning on issues such as affordable housing, transport and education.’
    • ‘He added that low pay advocacy groups were also campaigning against the changes.’
    • ‘The Humanist Society is campaigning for a change in the law to allow anyone to carry out the ceremony.’
    • ‘Since then, the families have been campaigning for justice and for a full public inquiry.’
    • ‘They have long been campaigning in favour of a relief road around the village.’
    • ‘Villagers in Heaton are among those now campaigning to protect land from housing.’
    • ‘I have spent much of my life working in and campaigning for tropical rain forests and their people.’
    • ‘As an active cyclist I will not be campaigning for more cycle routes to push my bike along.’
    • ‘What does this say about his attitude towards the parliament he campaigned to establish?’
    • ‘Residents are campaigning against land behind their homes being used for allotments.’
    • ‘Tom has been campaigning to ensure the bill keeps the rights of the disabled to the fore.’
    • ‘Most will be campaigning against poverty and trying to raise awareness of problems in Africa.’
    • ‘He may not be aware that Baildon commuters are campaigning for a direct service to Leeds.’
    • ‘The trouble with campaigning in the wilds of Oxfordshire is that you lose touch with the main battle.’
    crusade, fight, battle, work, push, press, strive, struggle, agitate
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Origin

Early 17th century (denoting a tract of open country): from French campagne ‘open country’, via Italian from late Latin campania, from campus ‘level ground’ (see camp). The change in sense arose from an army's practice of ‘taking the field’ (i.e. moving from a fortress or town to open country) at the onset of summer.

Pronunciation

campaign

/kæmˈpeɪn//kamˈpān/