de·​camp | \di-ˈkamp, dē-\

Definition of decamp 

intransitive verb

1 : to break up a camp

2 : to depart suddenly : abscond

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Other Words from decamp

decampment \-​mənt \ noun

Examples of decamp in a Sentence

She took the papers and decamped. He decamped to Europe soon after news of the scandal broke.

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Voters decamped to more marginal parties, bringing them solidly into power or expanding their representation. Jen Kirby, Vox, "German leader Angela Merkel was just dealt a major political blow," 15 Oct. 2018 After the union was sealed with a kiss, everyone decamped for the Brook Club on 54th Street. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside Tabitha Simmons and Topper Mortimer’s Simply Stylish Upper East Side Wedding," 13 June 2018 The Cambodian city of Angkor was once the largest in the world... then the vast majority of its inhabitants suddenly decamped in the 15th century to a region near the modern city of Phnom Penh. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Collapse of ancient city’s water system may have led to its demise," 20 Oct. 2018 Since 1993, the palace has been open to the public every summer when Queen Elizabeth decamps to Balmoral, her castle in the Scottish Highlands, for her holidays. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Inside Buckingham Palace’s Resplendent, Never-Before Seen Rooms," 4 Oct. 2018 But once Bertie decamps with his girlfriend, Mousie, Blanche resorts to chilling bottles of Vouvray or Sancerre or Meursault on ice in the hope that Bertie will drop by. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Wine Lover’s Summer Reading List," 15 Aug. 2018 Embedded in the community, with clients who became friends, why did the Hunters ever decamp? Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Meet the Hunters, Vermont’s modernist-house pioneers," 9 Aug. 2018 Beginning in the 1990s, Southern states, desperate to replace manufacturing jobs lost when the textile industry decamped to Asia, wooed carmakers with tax breaks and other sweeteners. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Trump Voters May Be the Biggest Losers From Trump’s Auto Tariffs," 3 July 2018 The show will comprise paintings, photographs and ephemera primarily from the 1960s, when she and her then-husband, the painter Robert Motherwell, would decamp to Provincetown in the summer. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Growing Up With Helen Frankenthaler on Cape Cod," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of decamp

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decamp

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

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English Language Learners Definition of decamp

: to leave a place suddenly and secretly


de·​camp | \di-ˈkamp \
decamped; decamping

Kids Definition of decamp

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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