Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To work actively for a candidate or political party.

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  • v. To campaign for an elective office, on one's own behalf, or on behalf of another, particularly by direct contact.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make interest for a candidate at an election; to use arts for securing the election of a candidate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To employ means for influencing an election, as public speaking, solicitation of votes, etc.; work for the success of a candidate or of a party in an election: as, to electioneer for a candidate, or for a ticket; he electioneered with great effect.

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

  • v. work actively for a political candidate or a party

Etymologies

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election +‎ -eer

Examples

  • "When corporations use other people's money to electioneer, that is a harm not just to the shareholders themselves but a sort of a broader harm to the public that comes from distortion of the electioneering that is done by corporations," Kagan said.

    Sunlight Foundation Transparency Ecosystem

  • What began in 1968 as a Beltway junkie's labor of love has turned into an authoritative collection of whistle-stopping campaign slogans and vicious slings and arrows of partisan attacks that stretches all the way back to the Founding Fathers (who came up with terms like "electioneer" and the party "ticket").

    How to Sound Presidential

  • Take away the tax free status and then their church can electioneer all they want.

    Bishops slam 'unacceptable' health care bill

  • What I never understood is that in particular the LEFT was the jury, judge and electioneer BEFORE they even knew anything about her.

    Palin slams Senate health care vote

  • The new-look Chávez: lover, people's poet, electioneer

    Letters: Chávez's credentials

  • Having elected a government with a mandate to cut the public debt in 2010, it has sidestepped the awkwardness now being felt across political circles in the U.S. and, say, France, where presidential candidates will have to electioneer while offering nothing but austerity.

    U.K. Debt Plan Can't Cover All Its Sins

  • Second: elect the delegates far enough ahead of time for them to meet with the candidates, and "in time for the candidates to electioneer with the delegates."

    Notes on the Conventions

  • He'd always been liable to cut loose like a Kilkenny electioneer whenever slavery was mentioned, and here he was, doddering towards the knackers 'yard, still at it.

    THE NUMBERS

  • Now that Rove is free to electioneer while collecting a government paycheck (which is also illegal), the GOP is going to win in November by bashing gays and Mexicans … and hacking electronic voting machines.

    Think Progress » NSA Blocking Whistleblower From Telling Committee About Shocking, Illegal Activities

  • And he became the most significant political strategist we have had in the White House in over 60 years, in my judgment, in large part because he was not only the political electioneer, but he also, as John just said, became one of the chief architects of the domestic policy, and he had a large voice in foreign policy.

    CNN Transcript Aug 13, 2007

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