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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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campaign (plural campaigns)

  1. A series of operations undertaken to achieve a set goal.
    an election campaign; a military campaign
    The company is targeting children in their latest advertising campaign.
    • 2012 April 9, Mandeep Sanghera, “Tottenham 1 - 2 Norwich”, BBC Sport:
      The Canaries went ahead when the home defence failed to clear their lines and Pilkington was on hand to slide in his eighth goal of the campaign.
  2. (obsolete) An open field; a large, open plain without considerable hills; a champaign.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Grath to this entry?)
  3. The period during which a blast furnace is continuously in operation.

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campaign (third-person singular simple present campaigns, present participle campaigning, simple past and past participle campaigned)

  1. (intransitive) To take part in a campaign.
    She campaigned for better social security.
    • 2012 April 19, Josh Halliday, “Free speech haven or lawless cesspool – can the internet be civilised?”, the Guardian:
      But the purported rise in violent videos online has led some MPs to campaign for courts to have more power to remove or block material on YouTube. The Labour MP Heidi Alexander said she was appalled after a constituent was robbed at knifepoint, and the attackers could be found brandishing weapons and rapping about gang violence online.
  2. (transitive) This term needs a definition. Please help out and add a definition, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.
    • 2014, Doug Boyce, Drag Racing's Quarter-Mile Warriors: Then & Now, chapter 1, page 31:
      Ron campaigned the car for a couple seasons before selling it to Mark Danekas (Danekas blowers), who ran the car himself briefly before putting it on the market once again.


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