decamp

verb

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

intransitive verb

1
: to break up a camp
2
: to depart suddenly : abscond
decampment 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 Carter Cash was determined to find her own way, decamping to Manhattan to study acting under Sandy Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 16 Jan. 2024 The last week of January in particular would be an excellent time to decamp somewhere pretty, travel for pleasure, or do some spiritual seeking (but maybe the kind that comes with laughter and good food, and not strict rules and self-denial). Steph Koyfman, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Dec. 2023 In this ruminative novel set during the COVID pandemic, the narrator, an intellectual living in New York, lends her apartment to a visiting pulmonologist and moves into one belonging to acquaintances who have decamped to a suburb, leaving behind their pet macaw. The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 California has made very little progress, if any, on narrowing its shortage of housing, its levels of homelessness and poverty remain among the nation’s highest, and its population is declining as hundreds of thousands of Californians decamp for other states. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 3 Jan. 2024 The younger Biden had decamped to a poolside midcentury rental that looked out over the San Fernando Valley — newly sober, newly married and climbing out of the wreckage of years of crack and alcohol addiction with a daily ritual of painting. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 10 Jan. 2024 Grant decamped to Café Paradiso for a celebratory dinner. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 8 Jan. 2024 Gregory, however, tired of being the impish, irresistible younger sibling and decamped alone for Southern California in 1972. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 2 Jan. 2024 He was not believed to be in the complex when it was hit, having decamped to the south when the Israeli campaign began. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, 31 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of decamp was in 1676

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Cite this Entry

“Decamp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decamp. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

decamp

verb
de·​camp di-ˈkamp How to pronounce decamp (audio)
1
: to pack up gear and leave a camp
2
: to depart suddenly : abscond
decamped with the funds
decampment noun

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