Definition of encamp in US English:



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  • Settle in or establish a camp, especially a military one.

    ‘we encamped for the night by the side of a river’
    • ‘And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness.’
    • ‘There they were, soldiers encamped among the grasses.’
    • ‘James's army, encamped near the Boyne river, was further reinforced by additional French contingents.’
    • ‘Cindy and I also spent a night encamped at the beautiful Royal Natal National Park camping site.’
    • ‘Standing on top of the battlements of the besieged city of Cardwell, Raven carefully took stock of the enemy armies encamped outside the stout Roman walls that had kept the besiegers at bay for almost a year.’
    • ‘When the Army of the Southwest first encamped at Helena, typhoid cases increased because of the great number of people available who had not been exposed to the disease.’
    • ‘During training, he spends most of his time watching the Russian prisoners encamped next to the training camp.’
    • ‘Many times in our past we have seen enemy fleets in the channel and enemy armies encamped in the continental ports.’
    • ‘It may have been simply fortuitous that they had encamped near the Korisa military camp.’
    • ‘The main army moved out on 6 June and encamped before Jerusalem on the 7th.’
    • ‘But then, on the afternoon of the fifteenth, he came to the Assembly in person to declare that he was ordering the army encamped around Paris to disperse.’
    • ‘Staff of roads service was in the area last Wednesday and with the support of local police they obtained the names and vehicle details of those encamped illegally.’
    • ‘When they encamped on the hill they made no attempt to fortify it.’
    • ‘We are currently stationed near Fredericksburg with the rest of the Army encamped around us.’
    pitch tents, set up camp, pitch camp, bivouac
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