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decamp

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verb de·camp \di-ˈkamp, dē-\

Simple Definition of decamp

  • : to leave a place suddenly and secretly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of decamp

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to break up a camp

  3. 2 :  to depart suddenly :  abscond

decampment play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of decamp in a sentence

  1. She took the papers and decamped.

  2. He decamped to Europe soon after news of the scandal broke.



Origin of decamp

French décamper, from Middle French descamper, from des- de- + camper to camp


First Known Use: 1676


DECAMP Defined for Kids

decamp

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verb de·camp \di-ˈkamp\

Definition of decamp for Students

decampeddecamping

  1. 1 :  to pack up gear and leave a camp

  2. 2 :  to go away suddenly <As soon as school was out, we decamped to the beach.>




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