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[en-kamp] /ɛnˈkæmp/
verb (used without object)
to settle or lodge in a camp.
verb (used with object)
to make into a camp.
to lodge or place in a camp.
Origin of encamp
1540-50; en-1 + camp1
Related forms
unencamped, adjective Unabridged
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  • Over these the trail extended, and they were compelled either to encamp on the spot, go back, or cross over the mountains.

  • It was nearly sundown, and I concluded that they intended to encamp for the night.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • The Shammar Bedouins encamp on the banks of this part of the Khabour during the hot months.

  • Hannibal ordered them to encamp where they were, until he could consider what to do.

    Hannibal Jacob Abbott
  • But when, in the course of a couple of hours, they reached the dry country, they at once proceeded to encamp.

    The Wild Man of the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • Then she gave orders to encamp where they stood, and retired in silence to her tent.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • That night they had to encamp on the open prairie, near a scanty pool of water, and without any wood to make a fire.

    Astoria Washington Irving
  • Failing to reach it that night, however, they were compelled to encamp in the woods.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • We were obliged to go on some time after dark, not being able to find a spot large enough to encamp on.

    Oregon and Eldorado Thomas Bulfinch
  • When night came on, I did not consider it safe to encamp near the Tibetans.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
British Dictionary definitions for encamp


to lodge or cause to lodge in a camp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for encamp

1560s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + camp (n.). Related: Encamped; encamping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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encamp in the Bible

An encampment was the resting-place for a longer or shorter period of an army or company of travellers (Ex. 13:20; 14:19; Josh. 10:5; 11:5). The manner in which the Israelites encamped during their march through the wilderness is described in Num. 2 and 3. The order of the encampment (see CAMP ØT0000700) was preserved in the march (Num. 2:17), the signal for which was the blast of two silver trumpets. Detailed regulations affecting the camp for sanitary purposes are given (Lev. 4:11, 12; 6:11; 8:17; 10:4, 5; 13:46; 14:3; Num. 12:14, 15; 31:19; Deut. 23:10, 12). Criminals were executed without the camp (Lev. 4:12; comp. John 19:17, 20), and there also the young bullock for a sin-offering was burnt (Lev. 24:14; comp. Heb. 13:12). In the subsequent history of Israel frequent mention is made of their encampments in the time of war (Judg. 7:18; 1 Sam. 13:2, 3, 16, 23; 17:3; 29:1; 30:9, 24). The temple was sometimes called "the camp of the Lord" (2 Chr. 31:2, R.V.; comp. Ps. 78:28). The multitudes who flocked to David are styled "a great host (i.e., "camp;" Heb. mahaneh), like the host of God" (1 Chr. 12:22).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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