Definition of campaign verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

campaign

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kæmˈpeɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kæmˈpeɪn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they campaign
BrE BrE//kæmˈpeɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kæmˈpeɪn//
 
he / she / it campaigns
BrE BrE//kæmˈpeɪnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kæmˈpeɪnz//
 
past simple campaigned
BrE BrE//kæmˈpeɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kæmˈpeɪnd//
 
past participle campaigned
BrE BrE//kæmˈpeɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kæmˈpeɪnd//
 
-ing form campaigning
BrE BrE//kæmˈpeɪnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kæmˈpeɪnɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to take part in or lead a campaign, for example to achieve political change or in order to win an election The party campaigned vigorously in the north of the country. campaign for/against somebody/something We have campaigned against whaling for the last 15 years. campaign to do something They are campaigning to save the area from building development. Word Origin early 17th cent. (denoting a large area of open country): from French campagne ‘open country’, via Italian from late Latin campania, from campus ‘level ground’, specifically applied to the Campus Martius in Rome, used for games, athletic practice, and military drill. 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.Extra examples Local communities are campaigning against the dumping of toxic waste. Local people have successfully campaigned against the building. The group campaigns on a range of environmental issues. We campaign on behalf of consumers. We have campaigned for better conditions. We will campaign hard for an end to the ivory trade. campaigning on behalf of the British consumer She has campaigned tirelessly for their release. The group campaigns on environmental issues.
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