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campaign

[kam-peyn] /kæmˈpeɪn/
noun
1.
Military.
  1. military operations for a specific objective.
  2. Obsolete. the military operations of an army in the field for one season.
2.
a systematic course of aggressive activities for some specific purpose:
a sales campaign.
3.
the competition by rival political candidates and organizations for public office.
verb (used without object)
4.
to serve in or go on a campaign:
He planned to campaign for the candidate. He campaigned in France.
verb (used with object)
5.
to race (a horse, boat, car, etc.) in a number or series of competitions.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < French campagne < Italian campagna < Late Latin campānia level district, equivalent to Latin camp(us) field + -ān(us) -an + -ia -ia
Related forms
campaigner, noun
countercampaign, noun
precampaign, noun, adjective
recampaign, verb
uncampaigning, adjective
Synonyms
2. drive, effort, push, offensive.
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British Dictionary definitions for re campaign

campaign

/kæmˈpeɪn/
noun
1.
a series of coordinated activities, such as public speaking and demonstrating, designed to achieve a social, political, or commercial goal: a presidential campaign, an advertising campaign
2.
(military) a number of complementary operations aimed at achieving a single objective, usually constrained by time or geographic area
verb
3.
(intransitive) often foll by for. to conduct, serve in, or go on a campaign
Derived Forms
campaigner, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French campagne open country, from Italian campagna, from Late Latin campānia, from Latin campus field
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Word Origin and History for re campaign

campaign

n.

1640s, "operation of an army in the field," from French campagne "campaign," literally "open country," from Old French champagne "countryside, open country" (suited to military maneuvers), from Late Latin campania "level country" (source of Italian campagna, Spanish campaña, Portuguese campanha), from Latin campus "a field" (see campus). Old armies spent winters in quarters and took to the "open field" to seek battle in summer. Extension of meaning from military to political is American English, 1809.

v.

1701, from campaign (n.). Political sense is from 1801. Related: Campaigned; campaigning.

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Slang definitions & phrases for re campaign

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whispering campaign


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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