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

Synonyms for encamp


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 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 Wong-Wilson is a leader of the Mauna Kea kia’i, a group of Native Hawaiians who have been encamped near the volcano’s base since July. Alexandra Witze, Scientific American, 20 Jan. 2020 While the volcano remains dangerous, with large numbers of local villagers encamped in emergency shelters, officials have begun discussing post-eruption recovery. Aaron Favila And Jim Gomez, SFChronicle.com, 19 Jan. 2020 Instead of encamping in France, as was intended, the league’s Paris franchise will instead be based in New Jersey at the start of the season, according to two people familiar with the team’s operations and housing situation. Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2020 It's believed that everyone else died while encamped for the winter, or while attempting to walk back to civilization. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 30 Aug. 2019 The number of caravan migrants encamped at Tijuana’s main shelter has dropped by more than half, according to local government officials and social workers. Juan Montes, WSJ, 18 Jan. 2019 Actor Jason Momoa, who has born in Hawaii, visited the hundreds of demonstrators encamped at the base of Mauna Kea on the Big Island on Wednesday. Doug Criss, CNN, 2 Aug. 2019 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'encamp.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of encamp

1563, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Learn More About encamp

Dictionary Entries Near encamp




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for encamp

Cite this Entry

“Encamp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encamp. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on encamp

Nglish: Translation of encamp for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about encamp


Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!