- 1A series of military operations intended to achieve a goal, confined to a particular area, or involving a specified type of fighting: a desert campaign [mass noun]: the army set off on campaignMore example sentences
- This he achieved by a prolonged series of military campaigns which unified all northern India under his rule.
- For the media it is a conflict conducted in a series of military campaigns.
- The Crusades were a series of military campaigns during the time of Medieval England against the Muslims of the Middle East.
- 1.1An organized course of action to achieve a goal: an election campaign the campaign for a full inquiry into the regimeMore example sentences
- Passenger numbers have soared since the M.E.N. won a campaign for a new city centre coach station.
- From this platform he launched his campaign for election to the Lower House in 1958.
- The campaign against nanotechnology, like other green campaigns, is being built on the twin themes of unknown risk and corporate greed.
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- Work in an organized and active way towards a goal: people who campaigned against child labour [with infinitive]: the services he had campaigned to protectMore example sentences
- What does this say about his attitude towards the parliament he campaigned to establish?
- He added that low pay advocacy groups were also campaigning against the changes.
- Villagers in Heaton are among those now campaigning to protect land from housing.
on the campaign trail
- Engaged in a political campaign: he has studiously avoided the subject on the campaign trailMore example sentences
- The president made a lot of promises on the campaign trail.
- Jim's comments were in response to a question about what voters are asking him about on the campaign trail.
- Her husband meanwhile is using some sharp words out on the campaign trail.
early 17th century (denoting a tract of open country): from French campagne 'open country', via Italian from late Latin campania, from campus 'level ground' (see camp1). The change in sense arose from an army's practice of ‘taking the field’ (i.e. moving from a fortress or town to open country) at the onset of summer.