en·​camp | \in-ˈkamp, en-\
encamped; encamping; encamps

Definition of encamp 

intransitive verb

: to set up or occupy a camp

transitive verb

: to place or establish in a camp

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Synonyms for encamp


bivouac, camp (out)

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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

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Its cafés were battlegrounds of the Dreyfus Affair, each side encamped in partisan locales. Norman Lebrecht, WSJ, "‘A Rich Brew’ Review: A Remarkable Cultural Infusion," 28 June 2018 Buy Photo Beneath four underpasses in Kensington, hundreds of people have been encamped for months, and many face a May 30 deadline to clear out. Antoinette Kraus, Philly.com, "Philly's heroin camps illustrate how housing instability hurts health," 29 May 2018 Students swarmed Howard’s administration and encamped there in late March. Sarah Larimer, Washington Post, "Howard students have ended their occupation. What comes next?," 9 Apr. 2018 Al-Qaida, kicked out of Saudi Arabia, had been encamped in a relatively remote part of the Pashtun area of Afghanistan, as guests of sorts (a status, Mullah Omar protested, required under Islamic law). John Havelock, Alaska Dispatch News, "US must depart Afghanistan," 9 Oct. 2017 Montgomery County’s Fort Washington was known as Engardtown, before Gen. George Washington encamped there after the defeat at the Battle of Germantown. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "Property line: Three Fort Washington homes at $650,000 or less," 14 Aug. 2017 Depending on the supply of food and water within, those inside could often outlast the enemy encamped beyond the walls. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 10 Aug. 2017 Alex Kunevicius served with an Army unit encamped near Henderson Field, the biggest target on Guadalcanal. Brian Albrecht, cleveland.com, "Battle for Guadalcanal launched American path to World War II victory in Pacific," 28 July 2017 Malkki kept her focus on elucidating the music, seemingly oblivious to a raging thunderstorm that sent the few hardy souls encamped on the lawn scurrying for cover on Friday. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Malkki, CSO achieve a vibrant meeting of minds in Ravinia concerts," 22 July 2017

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First Known Use of encamp

1563, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of encamp was in 1563

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English Language Learners Definition of encamp

: to set up and use a camp

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