I UK [kæmp] / US noun
Word forms "camp":
singular camp plural camps
1) [countable/uncountable] a place with tents or other shelters where people go for a holiday

The kids were sent away to camp every summer.

She's spending two weeks at a music camp.

a) a collection of tents or caravans (= small houses on wheels) that people use when they are travelling

Their camp was just below the summit.

b) a place with tents or other shelters for people such as soldiers or prisoners to live in
refugee/internment/detention camp:

After the war, millions of people ended up in refugee camps.

2) [countable] a group of people within a larger group who have the same ideas or support the same person

People in the Brown camp (= who support Brown) deny this rumour.

3) [uncountable] a style of art or entertainment that deliberately does not follow traditional ideas about what is considered good in order to produce a humorous effect

This film is pure camp.

break/strike camp — to remove your tent or other shelter and leave

set up/pitch camp — to put tents somewhere and stay there for a while; to stay outside somewhere and refuse to leave

Reporters had pitched camp outside his house.


II UK [kæmp] / US verb [intransitive]
Word forms "camp":
present tense I/you/we/they camp he/she/it camps present participle camping past tense camped past participle camped
1) to stay somewhere for a short time in a tent or other temporary shelter

They camped for two nights in the forest.

2) camp or camp out to stay outside a place until you get what you want

Journalists had camped in front of the house.

Phrasal verbs:
III UK [kæmp] / US adjective
Word forms "camp":
adjective camp comparative camper superlative campest
1) a man who is camp behaves in a way that does not follow traditional ideas about male behaviour, especially in order to attract attention
2) art or entertainment that is camp deliberately does not follow traditional ideas about what is considered good in order to produce a humorous effect

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