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"camp" in British English

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campnoun

uk   /kæmp/  us   /kæmp/
  • camp noun (TENTS/BUILDINGS)

B1 [C or U] a ​place where ​peoplestay in ​tents or other ​temporarystructures: We pitched/set up camp (= put up ​ourtents) by the ​lakeside.
B2 [C] an ​area where ​people are ​kepttemporarily for a ​particularreason: a labour/​prison/​refugee camp
B2 [C or U] a ​place where ​soldiersstay when they are ​training or ​fighting a ​war: an ​army camp

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campverb

uk   /kæmp/  us   /kæmp/
A2 [I] to put up a ​tent and ​stay in it for a ​short while, for ​example while on ​holiday: We camped on one of the ​lowerslopes of the ​mountain.
[I or T] mainly US (UK usually encamp) to put a ​group of ​tents or ​temporaryshelters in one ​place, or to put someone in a ​group of ​tents or ​temporaryshelters: Troops were camped only 25 ​miles from the ​capital.
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campadjective

uk   /kæmp/  us   /kæmp/ mainly UK informal (US usually campy)
(of a man) ​behaving and ​dressing in a way that some ​peoplethink is ​typical of a ​gay man: What's the ​name of that ​amazingly camp ​actor with the high ​voice and a ​funnywalk?
using ​brightcolours, ​loudsounds, ​unusualbehaviour, etc. in a ​humorous way: Their ​shows are always ​incredibly camp and ​flamboyant.
(Definition of camp from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"camp" in American English

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campnoun

 us   /kæmp/
  • camp noun (TENTS/BUILDINGS)

[C/U] a ​place where ​peoplestay in ​tents or other ​temporarystructures: [U] We set up camp for the ​night near a ​stream.
[C/U] A camp is also a ​place in the ​countrysideorganized for ​people, esp. ​children, to ​visit or ​live for a while to ​enjoynature: [C/U] We ​sentourson away to (a) ​summer camp.
[C/U] A camp is also a ​place where ​people, esp. ​militarypeople, are ​trained, where ​militaryprisoners are ​kept, or where ​people have to ​livetemporarily.
  • camp noun (GROUP)

[C] a ​group of ​people who ​share an ​opinion, esp. a ​political one: Voters in the governor’s camp will ​believe whatever he says about the ​statebudget.

campverb [I]

 us   /kæmp/
  • camp verb [I] (STAY IN TENTS/BUILDINGS)

to set up a ​tent or other ​temporarystructure to give you ​shelteroutside while you ​sleep or ​rest: We camped in a ​valley between the two ​mountains. We used to go camping out ​west when I was a ​child.
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(Definition of camp from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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