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English adjective: camp

1. camp providing sophisticated amusement by virtue of having artificially (and vulgarly) mannered or banal or sentimental qualities

SamplesThey played up the silliness of their roles for camp effect.
Campy Hollywood musicals of the 1940's.




English noun: camp

1. camp (artifact) temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers

SamplesWherever he went in the camp the men were grumbling.

Synonymsbivouac, cantonment, encampment

Broader (hypernym)military quarters

Narrower (hyponym)boot camp, hutment, laager, lager

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

2. camp (group) a group of people living together in a camp

SamplesThe whole camp laughed at his mistake.

Broader (hypernym)assemblage, gathering

Narrower (hyponym)hobo camp, jungle

3. camp (artifact) temporary lodgings in the country for travelers or vacationers

SamplesLevel ground is best for parking and camp areas.

Broader (hypernym)housing, living accommodations, lodging

Narrower (hyponym)tennis camp, trailer camp, trailer park

4. camp (group) an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose

Synonymsclique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack

Broader (hypernym)band, circle, lot, set

Narrower (hyponym)Bloomsbury Group, bohemia, brain trust, cabal, camarilla, faction, faction, galere, hard core, junta, junto, kitchen cabinet, loop, maffia, mafia, military junta, rogue's gallery, sect

5. camp (artifact) a penal institution (often for forced labor)

SamplesChina has many camps for political prisoners.

Broader (hypernym)penal facility, penal institution

Narrower (hyponym)concentration camp, internment camp, labor camp, labour camp, POW camp, prison camp, prison camp, prison farm, prisoner of war camp, stockade, work camp

6. camp (cognition) something that is considered amusing not because of its originality but because of its unoriginality

SamplesThe living room was pure camp.

Broader (hypernym)staleness, triteness

7. camp (artifact) shelter for persons displaced by war or political oppression or for religious beliefs

Synonymsrefugee camp

Broader (hypernym)shelter

8. camp (artifact) a site where care and activities are provided for children during the summer months

SamplesCity kids get to see the country at a summer camp.

Synonymssummer camp

Broader (hypernym)land site, site

Narrower (hyponym)day camp

English verb: camp

1. camp (stative) live in or as if in a tent

SamplesCan we go camping again this summer?.
The circus tented near the town.
The houseguests had to camp in the living room.

Synonymsbivouac, camp out, encamp, tent

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)dwell, inhabit, live, populate

2. camp (contact) establish or set up a camp

Synonymscamp down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)pitch, set up

3. camp (change) give an artificially banal or sexual quality to

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

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