en·​camp | \ in-ˈkamp How to pronounce encamp (audio) , 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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The long-simmering standoff between Sudan’s military regime and civilian protesters encamped in the capital of Khartoum exploded this week. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Will Sudan’s military crush hope for democracy?," 5 June 2019 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," 11 Apr. 2019 We had all been encamped at my grandparents’ place for some school break and, desperately in need of an escape, took up the offer from some very stylish friends of my parents for cocktails and dinner at their place in Palm Beach. Steven Stolman, House Beautiful, "This Delightfully Retro Apartment Complex Has Been Home to Design Royalty," 6 Mar. 2019 Another group of some 2,500 migrants has encamped in an improvised shelter in Mexico City. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Mexican Authorities Relocate Hundreds of Migrants From Border City," 15 Feb. 2019 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

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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

formal : to set up and use a camp

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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