AskDefine | Define campaign

Dictionary Definition



1 a race between candidates for elective office; "I managed his campaign for governor"; "he is raising money for a Senate run" [syn: political campaign, run]
2 a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort" [syn: cause, crusade, drive, movement, effort]
3 several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal (usually within geographical and temporal constraints) [syn: military campaign]
4 an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa) [syn: hunting expedition, safari]


1 run, stand, or compete for an office or a position; "Who's running for treasurer this year?" [syn: run]
2 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; "The liberal party pushed for reforms"; "She is crusading for women's rights"; "The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate" [syn: crusade, fight, press, push, agitate]
3 go on a campaign; go off to war [syn: take the field]

User Contributed Dictionary



From French campagne, from Italian campagna, "field", "military operation", from Late Latin campania, "open country", "battlefield", from Latin campus, "field"



  1. a series of operations undertaken to achieve a set goal; as, an election campaign, a military campaign, an advertising campaign
    The company is targeting children in their latest advertising campaign.



  1. to take part in a campaign
    She campaigned for better social security.


  • German: sich einsetzen (for: für) (1)
  • Lithuanian: dalyvauti kampanijoje
  • Swedish: kampanja (for: för)

Extensive Definition

There are several common types of campaign:
campaign in German: Campagne
campaign in French: Campagne (homonymie)
campaign in Italian: Campagne
campaign in Dutch: Campagne
campaign in Japanese: キャンペーン
campaign in Polish: Campagne

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

action, activity, all-out campaign, campaign button, campaign commitments, campaign contribution, campaign fund, canvass, cause, circuit, commitment, compete, competition, contest, course, cruise, crusade, drive, effort, electioneer, excursion, expedition, faith, fare, globe-trot, go abroad, go on safari, go overseas, grand tour, grass-roots campaign, great cause, hard-hitting campaign, hit the trail, holy war, hurrah campaign, interest, issue, jaunt, jihad, journey, junket, lifework, make a journey, make a pilgrimage, make a trip, make an expedition, mass movement, media campaign, movement, offensive, operations, outing, package tour, peregrinate, peregrination, pilgrim, pilgrimage, pleasure trip, principle, progress, push, race, range the world, reason for being, ring doorbells, rivalry, round trip, rubberneck, rubberneck tour, run, safari, sally, shoot, sight-see, solicit votes, solicitation, stalk, stand, struggle, stump, stump excursion, stump the country, stumping tour, take a trip, take the road, take the stump, tour, trek, trip, turn, undertake operations, voyage, war, wayfare, whistle-stop, whistle-stop campaign
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