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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
First recorded in 1540-50; en-1 + camp1
Related forms
unencamped, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • 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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