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      n   bivouac, camping ground, camp site, cantonment     (Military)   encampment, tents  
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camp          [2]  
      adj   affected, artificial, camped up     (informal)   campy     (informal)   effeminate, mannered, ostentatious, poncy     (slang)   posturing  

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  ( camps    plural & 3rd person present)   ( camping    present participle)   ( camped    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A camp is a collection of huts and other buildings that is provided for a particular group of people, such as refugees, prisoners, or soldiers, as a place to live or stay.  
oft n N  
...a refugee camp..., 2,500 foreign prisoners-of-war, including Americans, had been held in camps near Tambov.     
2       n-var   A camp is an outdoor area with buildings, tents, or caravans where people stay on holiday.  
3       n-var   A camp is a collection of tents or caravans where people are living or staying, usually temporarily while they are travelling.  
...gypsy camps..., We'll make camp on that hill ahead.     
4       verb   If you camp somewhere, you stay or live there for a short time in a tent or caravan, or in the open air.  
We camped near the beach.      V  
      Camp out means the same as camp., phrasal verb  
For six months they camped out in a caravan in a meadow at the back of the house.      V P  
  camping      n-uncount  
They went camping in the wilds., ...a camping trip.     
5       n-count   You can refer to a group of people who all support a particular person, policy, or idea as a particular camp.  
usu supp N  
The press release provoked furious protests from the Gore camp and other top Democrats.     
6       adj   If you describe someone's behaviour, performance, or style of dress as camp, you mean that it is exaggerated and amusing, often in a way that is thought to be typical of some male homosexuals.  
INFORMAL   James Barron turns in a delightfully camp performance.     
      Camp is also a noun., n-uncount  
The video was seven minutes of high camp and melodrama.     
    concentration camp  
    holiday camp  
    labour camp  
    prison camp  
    training camp  
8    If a performer camps it up, they deliberately perform in an exaggerated and often amusing way.  
camp it up      phrase   V inflects   camp out      phrasal verb   If you say that people camp out somewhere in the open air, you are emphasizing that they stay there for a long time, because they are waiting for something to happen.,   (emphasis)    ...reporters who had camped out in anticipation of her arrival.      V P  
    camp 4  

aide-de-camp     ( aides-de-camp    plural  ) An aide-de-camp is an officer in the armed forces who helps an officer of higher rank.      n-count  
...a colonel who had been aide-de-camp to the king.     
boot camp        ( boot camps    plural  ) In the United States, a boot camp is a camp where people who have just joined the army, navy, or marines are trained.  
  (AM)      n-var  
camp bed        ( camp beds    plural  ) A camp bed is a small bed that you can fold up.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, use cot     
camp follower        ( camp followers    plural  ) , camp-follower  
1       n-count   If you describe someone as a camp follower, you mean that they do not officially belong to a particular group or movement but support it for their own advantage.,   (disapproval)    ...the Tory leader's friends and camp followers.     
2       n-count   Camp followers are people who travel with an army or other group, especially members of soldiers' families, or people who supply goods and services to the army.  
concentration camp        ( concentration camps    plural  ) A concentration camp is a prison in which large numbers of ordinary people are kept in very bad conditions, usually during a war.      n-count  
death camp        ( death camps    plural  ) A death camp is a place where prisoners are kept, especially during a war, and where many of them die or are killed.      n-count  
holiday camp        ( holiday camps    plural  ) In Britain, a holiday camp is a place which provides holiday accommodation and entertainment for large numbers of people.      n-count  
labour camp        ( labour camps    plural  )
in AM, use labor camp      A labour camp is a kind of prison, where the prisoners are forced to do hard, physical work, usually outdoors.      n-count  
prison camp        ( prison camps    plural  )
1       n-count   A prison camp is a guarded camp where prisoners of war or political prisoners are kept.  
He was shot down over Denmark and spent three years in a prison camp.     
2       n-count   A prison camp is a prison where the prisoners are not considered dangerous and are allowed to work outside the prison.  
summer camp        ( summer camps    plural  ) In the United States, a summer camp is a place in the country where parents can pay to send their children during the school summer holidays. The children staying there can take part in many outdoor and social activities.      n-count  
training camp        ( training camps    plural  ) A training camp for soldiers or sports players is an organized period of training at a particular place.      n-count  

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