American English

Definition of camp noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    in tents
  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a place where people live temporarily in tents or temporary buildings Let's return to camp. to pitch/make/set up camp (= put up tents) to break camp (= to take down tents)
  2. vacation
  3. 2[countable, uncountable] a place where young people go on vacation and take part in various activities, or a particular activity a tennis camp He spent two weeks at camp this summer. summer camp see also day camp, fat camp
  4. prison, etc.
  5. 3[countable] (used in compounds) a place where people are kept in temporary buildings or tents, especially by a government and often for long periods a refugee camp a camp guard see also concentration camp, prison camp
  6. army
  7. 4[countable, uncountable] a place where soldiers live while they are training or fighting an army camp
  8. group of people
  9. 5[countable] a group of people who have the same ideas about something and oppose people with other ideas the socialist camp We were in opposing camps. People are split into two camps on this issue.
  10. 6[countable] one of the sides in a competition and the people connected with it There was an air of confidence in the Red Sox camp.
  11. Idioms
    have/keep a foot in both camps
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    to be involved in or connected with two different or opposing groups
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: camp