intr.v., -paigned, -paignÂ·ing, -paigns.
- A series of military operations undertaken to achieve a large-scale objective during a war: Grant's Vicksburg campaign secured the entire Mississippi for the Union.
- An operation or series of operations energetically pursued to accomplish a purpose: an advertising campaign for a new product; a candidate's political campaign.
To engage in an operation planned to achieve a certain goal: campaigned through the jungles of Vietnam; campaigned for human rights.
[French campagne, from Italian campagna, field, military operation, from Late Latin campÄnia, open country, battlefield, from Latin campus, field.]campaigner camÂ·paign'er n.
SYNONYMS campaign, crusade, drive, push. These nouns denote a vigorous concerted effort to accomplish a purpose: a fund-raising campaign; a crusade for improved social services; a drive to sell bonds; a push to get the bill passed.