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.

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  • 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

  • To serve in a campaign.
  • 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.
  • 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


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

French campagne, from Italian campagna, field, military operation, from Late Latin campānia, open country, battlefield, from Latin campus, field.

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From French campagne, from Italian campagna ("field, military operation"), from Late Latin campānia ("open country, battlefield"), from Latin campus ("field").


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