From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcampcamp1 /kæmp/ ●●● S3 W3 noun 1 in the mountains/forest etc [countable, uncountable]LEAVE A PLACE a place where people stay in tents, shelters etc for a short time, usually in the mountains, a forest etc Let’s go back to camp – it’s getting dark. a camp near Lake Ellen Wilson The soldiers broke camp (=took down their tents etc) and left before dawn.pitch/make camp (=set up a tent or shelter) It was dark by the time we pitched camp. We set up camp (=made the camping place ready) at nearby Icicle Lake. The expedition’s base camp (=main camp) was 6,000 feet below the summit.mining/logging etc camp (=a camp where people stay when they are doing these kinds of jobs)2 prison/labour/detention etc camp3 for children [countable, uncountable] a place where young people go to take part in activities, and where they usually stay for several days or weeks The camp offers hiking, fishing, canoeing, and boating. scout camp Two years ago, she started a summer camp for girls aged eight and etc camp (=a camp where you can do one particular activity) day camp, holiday camp4 group of people [countable]GROUP OF PEOPLE a group of people or organizations who have the same ideas or principles, especially in politics the extreme right-wing camp of the party At least Lynne is definitely in your camp (=supports you rather than someone else, and agrees with your ideas). have a foot in both camps at foot1(21)5 military [countable] a permanent place where soldiers live or train Donny is stationed at Camp Pendleton.COLLOCATIONSverbsmake/pitch camp (=put up your tents)We made camp in a clearing in the woods.set up camp (=put up your tents and arrange the camping place)The soldiers set up camp outside the city.break camp (=take down your tents ready to move to a new place)In the morning it was time to break camp.
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campCollege students work at a camp for kids from the inner city, leading craft activities and sports competitions.Ancient camp sites are still used by people eager to relearn old ways.The kids will be at camp all day.A girl's basketball camp is being organized by the City Recreation Department.Both camps have long been bound together by a shared interest in the punter's pound.The YMCA is running a day camp with crafts, sports, and water fun.Illegal immigrants would be expelled using chartered transport after being housed in camps set up at ports and airports.More than half of the displaced persons live in camps with inadequate shelter.If you like camp, you'll probably enjoy the movie.He races through a mining camp towards his 20-room mansion with oak floors and a second floor balcony.a mining camp in the YukonHe's going to a Boy Scout summer camp for two weeks in August.summer campThe camp is at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.She jack-knifed into a sitting position and hastily surveyed their camp.Takat Singh ushered me back to camp.mining/logging etc campHe races through a mining camp towards his 20-room mansion with oak floors and a second floor balcony.Paul Bunyan came to a logging camp, where he asked for a job.What the heck was a logging camp doing in the middle of San Pedro canyon and above the Puerto del Sol falls?My son they die logging camp all same place three time.Born into society, she struggled against the hardships of the mining camps during the outbreak of Gold Fever in California.He wandered up to the logging camp on his eighteenth birthday and enthusiastically asked for a etc campAt tennis camp, he met a new group of children and found it challenging to negotiate relationships with them.Or the fact Florida high schools are permitted to conduct spring football camps that deliver him more finished products, they your campAt least you know that Lynne is definitely in your camp.Nobody in his camp seemed willing to contradict him.Yet among those in his camp, the few who cared, there was an edginess.
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campcamp2 ●●○ verb [intransitive] 1 DLOto set up a tent or shelter and stay there for a short time We’ll camp by the river for the night, and move on tomorrow.camping gear/equipment camping gear such as a sleeping bag, tent, and backpack2 go camping camp out camp something up
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campThey always camped at Dartmeet in summer.The soldiers camped nearby also ran to help.A family was camped on a sandy beach under the trees.On our march we camped one night in a vacant lot adjoining a female seminary at Gordonsville.She had her own fishing pole and hiking boots, a sleeping bag in case they decided to camp out.In the first 20 minutes, Ipswich were all over their visitors and were camped permanently in their half.camping gear/equipmentIt was not a tent, nor indeed any sort of camping equipment.It was the sort of belt sold widely in shops specializing in Western or camping equipment.Billingham Gingerbread, £500, for toys, camping equipment and running costs.One excellent option is an overnight pack ride, with camping equipment carried by mules.
campcamp3 adjective 1 HOMOSEXUALa man who is camp moves or speaks in the way that people used to think was typical of homosexuals2 STRANGE (also campy American English) clothes, decorations etc that are camp are very strange, bright, or unusual
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campThat outfit is so camp.
Origin camp1 (1500-1600) French Latin campus field camp2 (1500-1600) French camper, from camp; CAMP1. camp up (1900-2000) From CAMP3 camp3 (1900-2000) Origin unknown