Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A series of military operations undertaken to achieve a large-scale objective during a war: Grant's Vicksburg campaign secured the entire Mississippi for the Union.
  • n. An operation or series of operations energetically pursued to accomplish a purpose: an advertising campaign for a new product; a candidate's political campaign.
  • intransitive v. To engage in an operation planned to achieve a certain goal: campaigned through the jungles of Vietnam; campaigned for human rights.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A series of operations undertaken to achieve a set goal; as, an election campaign, a military campaign, an advertising campaign.
  • v. To take part in a campaign.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An open field; a large, open plain without considerable hills. Seechampaign.
  • n. A connected series of military operations forming a distinct stage in a war; the time during which an army keeps the field.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Any coordinated effort to contact potential supporters or customers and solicit their support or patronage.
  • n. The period during which a blast furnace is continuously in operation.
  • intransitive v. To serve in a campaign.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An open field; a large open plain. Now champaign.
  • n. The operations of an army during one season, or in a definite enterprise: as, the Vicksburg campaign.
  • n. Continued or sustained aggressive operations directed to the accomplishment of some particular object: as, the temperance campaign; especially, in United States politics, organized action in influencing voters in an election, etc.: as, the last presidential campaign.
  • n. In metallurgy, the time during which a furnace remains in operation without stoppage.
  • To serve in a campaign.
  • n. A more or less extended trip, excursion, or journey for a definite purpose, such as for botanizing or geologizing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
  • v. go on a campaign; go off to war
  • n. several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal (usually within geographical and temporal constraints)
  • n. an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa)
  • n. a race between candidates for elective office
  • v. 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
  • n. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

Etymologies

French campagne, from Italian campagna, field, military operation, from Late Latin campānia, open country, battlefield, from Latin campus, field.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French campagne, from Italian campagna ("field, military operation"), from Late Latin campānia ("open country, battlefield"), from Latin campus ("field"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • John McCain received over $1 million in campaign contributions from »»oil & gas industry companies 1 has over 20 oil company lobbyists running his »»campaign 2 would give big oil companies $3.8 billion in tax breaks »» 3 supports gimmicks (like a Gas Tax Holiday and offshore »»drilling), over real solutions MoveOn. org is supporting the National Day of Action for an Oil-Free President.

    WN.com - Articles related to The oil industry is taxed gently

  • Mich. for total of 49 closures this year Almost 10 million Britons watch TV election debate, with third-party underdog coming out top Britain makes history with 1st televised election debate for top candidates PROMISES, PROMISES: Much challenged health care law mirrors Obama 2008 campaign promises UK's Brown calls national election for May 6, beginning of a historic _ and volatile _campaign UK's Brown leaves for Buckingham Palace to ask queen to dissolve Parliament before election Official: Brown to announce national election for May 6, polls show likely winner is unclear Financial crisis panel to hold hearings on risky mortgage loans that crippled banking system Dems seize on GOP sex nightclub spending flap, but Republicans say party chief will survive

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • I don’t understand the failure to recognize Republican candidate’s campaign claims to be pro-life for what it is…..campaign rhetoric!

    You CAN see Russia from here!

  • The term campaign objective refers to the hotness we intend a lead to have when it is first generated.

    Hot Prospects

  • But, to cast a shadow over anyone associated with McCain campaign is absurd.

    A friendly suggestion to former McCain campaign staffers. - Moe_Lane’s blog - RedState

  • Those big shots, like the Koch brothers and all the other corporations and wealthy that engage in the legal bribery we dignify with the name "campaign contributions," have made it clear that their agenda is to do for public employees what corporate America has done for so many private workers: drive down pay, cut benefits and kill unions.

    Richard Kirsch: Country Wisdom From Tennessee: Jobs Trump Deficits

  • Kristol strokes our boy wonder whiz kid, arguing that the McCain campaign is naming him as a possible Vice Presidential choice:

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • But while the McCain campaign is backing away from the specific claims about Iranian training of Al Qaeda, it is asserting that Iran collaborates with Osama bin Laden's organization.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • It's unfortunate that the Mccain campaign is diverting from the question by raising issues that may seem to demonize the other candidate.

    Blitzer: Was Obama taking aim at McCain's age?

  • Phil Gramm, Charlie Black, Donald Diamond - the McCain campaign is a rogue's gallery of economic disaster, a pattern that began with his Keating 5 involvement.

    Obama beats back criticism over head of VP search

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • An open field; a large, open plain without considerable hills. -from the definitions.

    January 2, 2014

  • its voting season and people everywhere campaign for their candidates

    October 31, 2010