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"camp" in British English

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campnoun

uk   /kæmp/ us   /kæmp/

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 lower slopes of the mountain.
[I or T] mainly US UK usually encamp to put a group of tents or temporary shelters in one place, or to put someone in a group of tents or temporary shelters: 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 people think is typical of a gay man: What's the name of that amazingly camp actor with the high voice and a funny walk?
using bright colours, loud sounds, unusual behaviour, 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 people stay in tents or other temporary structures: [U] We set up camp for the night near a stream.
[C/U] A camp is also a place in the countryside organized for people, esp. children, to visit or live for a while to enjoy nature: [C/U] We sent our son away to (a) summer camp.
[C/U] A camp is also a place where people, esp. military people, are trained, where military prisoners are kept, or where people have to live temporarily.
  • 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 state budget.

campverb [I]

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

to set up a tent or other temporary structure to give you shelter outside 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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