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cam·paign

 (kăm-pān′)
n.
1. 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.
2. An operation or series of operations energetically pursued to accomplish a purpose: an advertising campaign for a new product; a candidate's political campaign.
intr.v. cam·paigned, cam·paign·ing, cam·paigns
To engage in an operation planned to achieve a certain goal: an army that campaigned across the entire continent; a group that campaigned for human rights.

[French campagne, from Italian campagna, field, military operation, from Late Latin campānia, open country, battlefield, from Latin campus, field; see campus.]

cam·paign′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.campaigning - the campaign of a candidate to be electedcampaigning - the campaign of a candidate to be elected
whistle-stop tour - a tour by a candidate as part of a political campaign in which a series of small towns are visited; "in 1948 Truman crossed the country several times on his whistle-stop tours"
crusade, campaign, cause, drive, effort, movement - a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort"
front-porch campaign, front-porch campaigning - a campaign in which the candidate makes speeches but does not travel; "William McKinley's dignified front-porch campaign won him the presidency in 1896"; "her approach was the opposite of a passive front-porch campaign"
hustings - the activities involved in political campaigning (especially speech making)
whispering campaign - the organized dissemination of derogatory rumors designed to discredit a candidate
stumping - campaigning for something by making political speeches (stump speeches)
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The latter was squatted on his buffalo robe, his strong features and red skin glaring in the broad light of a blazing fire, while he recounted astounding tales of the bloody exploits of his tribe and himself in their wars with the Pawnees; for there are no old soldiers more given to long campaigning stories than Indian "braves.
The sight of a powerful party of traders, trappers, hunters, and voyageurs, well armed and equipped, furnished at all points, in high health and spirits, and banqueting lustily on the green margin of the river, was a spectacle equally stimulating to these veteran backwoodsmen with the glorious array of a campaigning army to an old soldier; but when they learned the grand scope and extent of the enterprise in hand, it was irresistible; homes and families and all the charms of green Kentucky vanished from their thoughts; they cast loose their canoes to drift down the stream, and joyfully enlisted in the band of adventurers.
You understand my anxieties while he is campaigning with the King.
It was not perhaps an ideal arrangement, but one must make sacrifices when one is campaigning.
Miller, I had indeed to go campaigning before, but I was barbed from counter to tail, and a man went along to groom me; and now I cannot understand what ailed me to prefer the mill before the battle.
When I rode away from that city, across hundreds of miles of rice-fields and mountains, and through months of campaigning, and on with the victorious Japanese into Manchuria, I did not drink.
My meaning may be learned from Homer; he, you know, feeds his heroes at their feasts, when they are campaigning, on soldiers' fare; they have no fish, although they are on the shores of the Hellespont, and they are not allowed boiled meats but only roast, which is the food most convenient for soldiers, requiring only that they should light a fire, and not involving the trouble of carrying about pots and pans.
When Democrats raise questions about his past personal money woes, he dismisses them as negative campaigning, suggesting his opaque financial past has no bearing on public policy decisions.
In what has turned into the tightest mayoral primary in recent history, the three candidates in a virtual dead heat embarked on a marathon weekend of campaigning throughout the city.
org whiz who helped Dean revolutionize Internet campaigning, has a similar mandate in the Kerry campaign, and is getting similar results: As of the end of June, Internet donations have led all other forms of fundraising for the campaign, breaking even Dean campaign records and contributing to Kerry's recent two-to-one fundraising edge over Bush.
I even enjoyed campaigning, unlike some of my colleagues.