Definition of campaign in English:
- 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.
- 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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- 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.
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.
Latin campania meant ‘open countryside’ and was based on campus ‘a field’. It is the source of English campaign, which was originally a tract of open land and is a close relative of French champagne, both an area of open country and the winemaking region. The connection between countryside and fighting is that armies tended to spend the winter in a fortress or town, ‘taking the field’ in summer. Hence the countryside became associated with military manoeuvres. Camp (early 16th century), which is also from Latin campus was similarly used in Latin not only to mean ‘a field, level ground’ but, more specifically, ‘an open space for military exercises’—the most famous one was the Campus Martius, or Field of Mars, in Rome. This developed into the idea of a place where soldiers are housed. Campus itself came into English in the 18th century as the term for university or college grounds. See also champion
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.
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