decamp

verb de·camp \ di-ˈkamp , dē- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of decamp

intransitive verb
1 :to break up a camp
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.

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Origin and Etymology of decamp

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


DECAMP Defined for English Language Learners

decamp

verb

Definition of decamp for English Language Learners

  • : to leave a place suddenly and secretly


DECAMP Defined for Kids

decamp

verb de·camp \ di-ˈkamp \

Definition of decamp for Students

decamped; decamping
1 :to pack up gear and leave a camp
2 :to go away suddenly As soon as school was out, we decamped to the beach.


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