Definition of camp noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kæmp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæmp//
    Immigration, Camping, Types of home, Conflict
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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 camp (= put up tents) to break camp (= to take down tents) see also holiday camp See related entries: Camping, Types of home
  2. holiday/vacation
  3. 2  [countable, uncountable] a place where young people go on holiday/vacation and take part in various activities or a particular activity a tennis camp He spent two weeks at camp this summer. summer camp
  4. see also day camp, fat camp
    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, labour camp, prison camp, transit camp See related entries: Immigration
  6. army
  7. 4[countable, uncountable] a place where soldiers live while they are training or fighting an army camp See related entries: Conflict
  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 England camp.
  11. Word Originnoun early 16th cent.: from French camp, champ, from Italian campo, from Latin campus ‘level ground’, specifically applied to the Campus Martius in Rome, used for games, athletic practice, and military drill.Extra examples Militants raided an army camp. She spent five years in a labour camp. The children are spending a week at a summer camp. The kids were at basketball camp most of the summer. The mountaineers set up their base camp at the foot of the mountain. The region split into two armed camps. There are opportunities for children to attend summer camps. They established a base camp by the river. We broke camp early the next morning. We pitched camp just outside the woods. a politician who switches camp when it suits him concentration camp survivors people in both main political camps the appalling conditions in the refugee camps Concentration camps were first used during the Boer War. He spent the rest of the war in a prison camp. Nearly a year after the disaster, many people are still living in refugee camps. The scientists split into two camps over the validity of animal studies. They were repeatedly beaten by camp guards.Idioms
    have/keep a foot in both camps
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    to be involved in or connected with two different or opposing groups
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