de·​camp | \ di-ˈkamp How to pronounce decamp (audio) , dē- \
decamped; decamping; decamps

Definition of decamp

intransitive verb

1 : to break up a camp
2 : to depart suddenly : abscond

Other Words from decamp

decampment \ di-​ˈkamp-​mənt How to pronounce decamp (audio) , dē-​ \ noun

Examples of decamp in a Sentence

She took the papers and decamped. He decamped to Europe soon after news of the scandal broke.
Recent Examples on the Web The firm’s decision to decamp from its physical headquarters on Menlo Park, California’s storied Sand Hill Road would have been unimaginable before the pandemic. Will Daniel, Fortune, 21 July 2022 Any Canadian filmmaker who achieves a measure of success is tempted to decamp to Los Angeles. Adam Nayman, The New Yorker, 3 June 2022 In a week shortened by the public holiday on Monday across Europe, finance ministers and central bankers from around the continent will decamp to the U.S. for the IMF and World Bank gatherings. Fortune, 17 Apr. 2022 Perfect for families, a group of friends, or those looking to decamp to the mountain region for a longer stay. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 11 May 2022 After 10 years in Seattle, Russell Wilson will decamp to Denver to supplant the Broncos’ rotating cast of quarterbacks. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 The film centers around a group of rich 20-somethings who decamp to a regal estate to wait out a hurricane. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 26 Apr. 2022 The region drew middle-class retirees, akin to the snowbirds who seasonally decamp to Arizona or Florida, albeit with a distinct identity. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2022 While processing their grief, Davis and Daniels decided to decamp to Oaxaca, Mexico, in December 2020. Evangeline Barrosse, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Decamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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de·​camp | \ di-ˈkamp How to pronounce decamp (audio) \
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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