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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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 It's believed that everyone else died while encamped for the winter, or while attempting to walk back to civilization. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Fresh images of HMS Terror shipwreck could clear up lingering mysteries," 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, "Another Caravan Crosses Mexican-Guatemalan Border," 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, "Jason Momoa joins protesters trying to keep a telescope off Hawaii's tallest mountain," 2 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of encamp

1563, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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27 Sep 2019

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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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