A campaign is any series of actions or events that are meant to achieve a particular result, like an advertising campaign of television commercials and Internet ads that tries to convince kids to buy bubble gum-flavored toothpaste.

The noun campaign describes any group of actions that are done with an ultimate purpose in mind. The goal of a political campaign is to put a candidate in office. The goal of a military campaign might be to take over a city, as in General Sherman's Civil War campaign to capture Atlanta. Campaign can also be used as a verb, like when an environmental organization campaigns to prevent a developer from building a shopping mall by asking people to sign petitions and soliciting their members of congress.

Definitions of campaign
  1. noun
    several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal (usually within geographical and temporal constraints)
    synonyms: military campaign
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    Dardanelles campaign
    the unsuccessful campaign in World War I (1915) by the English and French to open a passage for aid to Russia; defeated by the Turks
    Okinawa campaign
    a campaign in the closing days of World War II in the Pacific (April to June 1945); in savage close-quarter fighting United States marines and regular army troops took the island from the Japanese; considered the greatest victory of the Pacific campaign for the Americans
    Petersburg Campaign
    the final campaign of the American Civil War (1864-65); Union forces under Grant besieged and finally defeated Confederate forces under Lee
    Wilderness Campaign
    American Civil War; a series of indecisive battles in Grant's campaign (1864) against Lee in which both armies suffered terrible losses
    expedition, hostile expedition, military expedition
    a military campaign designed to achieve a specific objective in a foreign country
    Crusade, crusade
    any of the more or less continuous military expeditions in the 11th to 13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe tried to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims
    type of:
    military operation, operation
    activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign)
  2. noun
    a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
    “he supported populist campaigns
    synonyms: cause, crusade, drive, effort, movement
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    ad blitz, ad campaign, advertising campaign
    an organized program of advertisements
    anti-war movement
    a campaign against entering or continuing a war
    charm campaign
    a campaign of flattery and friendliness (by a company, politician, etc.) to become more popular and gain support
    a movement advocating greater protection of the interests of consumers
    campaigning, candidacy, candidature, electioneering, political campaign
    the campaign of a candidate to be elected
    fund-raising campaign, fund-raising drive, fund-raising effort
    a campaign to raise money for some cause
    feminism, feminist movement, women's lib, women's liberation movement
    the movement aimed at equal rights for women
    gay lib, gay liberation movement
    the movement aimed at liberating homosexuals from legal or social or economic oppression
    lost cause
    a defeated cause or a cause for which defeat is inevitable
    a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices
    a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious
    youth crusade, youth movement
    political or religious or social reform movement or agitation consisting chiefly of young people
    front-porch campaign, front-porch campaigning
    a campaign in which the candidate makes speeches but does not travel
    the activities involved in political campaigning (especially speech making)
    whispering campaign
    the organized dissemination of derogatory rumors designed to discredit a candidate
    campaigning for something by making political speeches (stump speeches)
    sales campaign
    an advertising campaign intended to promote sales
    public-relations campaign
    an advertising campaign intended to improve public relations
    type of:
    any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
  3. noun
    a race between candidates for elective office
    “I managed his campaign for governor”
    synonyms: political campaign, run
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    campaign for governor, governor's race
    a race for election to the governorship
    senate campaign, senate race
    a race for election to the senate
    type of:
    any competition
  4. verb
    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
    synonyms: agitate, crusade, fight, press, push
    advertise, advertize, promote, push
    make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
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    advertise, advertize, promote, push
    make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
  5. verb
    go on a campaign; go off to war
    synonyms: take the field
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    go on a crusade; fight a holy war
  6. verb
    run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
    synonyms: run
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    travel through a district and make political speeches
    run again for office
    tour the country in order to solicit votes for an election
    cross-file, register
    have one's name listed as a candidate for several parties
    enter on a list or slate for an election
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    race, run
    compete in a race
  7. noun
    an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa)
    synonyms: hunting expedition, safari
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    a journey organized for a particular purpose
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