en·​camp in-ˈkamp How to pronounce encamp (audio)
encamped; encamping; encamps

intransitive verb

: to set up or occupy a camp

transitive verb

: to place or establish in a camp

Examples of encamp in a Sentence

the hike will take several days, and we plan to encamp along the trail as the hurricane raged outside, the stranded tourists were encamped overnight in the high school gym
Recent Examples on the Web During his deployment, his unit was encamped in one of Saddam Hussein’s private palaces, which had a piano in its basement. Greg Hanlon, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2024 Many Palestinians in Gaza are encamped in makeshift tent cities or crammed into U.N.-administered facilities, some of which have still been struck by Israeli bombardments. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 By December 1862, Merrill was encamped near Fredericksburg, Virginia, on the eve of one of the deadliest battles of the Civil War. Robert Pushkar, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Sep. 2023 As with the other greenhouse farmers encamped in spartan, one-room dwellings scattered across the slope, Mr. Li’s venture has managed to gain him a bit more security, at least for now. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 July 2023 Augie’s counterpart is Midge Campbell (Scarlett Johansson), a mysterioso Hollywood star encamped in the desert across the way from him, whose supersmart daughter Dinah (Grace Edwards) warms to Woodrow. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 June 2023 Migrants have been encamped and exposed to the elements all day in El Paso — cold in the evening and early morning hours and hot daytime temperatures that are scorching and dangerous in the Texas sun. Adrienne Vogt, CNN, 11 May 2023 The local leaders are inviting the protesters, some armed, to encamp for the long haul. WSJ, 12 June 2020 Get your game on at Midwinter Gaming Convention Games people play — a whole lot of them — are the focus of the Midwinter Gaming Convention, which encamps this weekend at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of encamp was in 1563

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Cite this Entry

“Encamp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encamp. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


en·​camp in-ˈkamp How to pronounce encamp (audio)
: to set up and occupy a camp : camp
: to place or establish in a camp
encamp troops

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