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

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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 Successful bidders have 36 months to start construction on any project, which front loads the uplift, and will also be encouraged to decamp to the country themselves. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 25 May 2021 In April, China's Inner Mongolia province outlawed Bitcoin mining, forcing mining operators to decamp for other regions in China and overseas. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 24 May 2021 This coming week, the former president is expected to decamp from Mar-a-Lago, which was dubbed the Winter White House during his presidency, to his summer one in New Jersey, two advisers said. Author: Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2021 The family plan to decamp to a cottage in the grounds or their London apartment and give their paying guests the run of the place. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2021 Living in a big city can be great, but, these days, many are opting to decamp to a less crowded, more picturesque locale. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2021 Silicon Valley saw many companies and leaders decamp from the Bay Area, Elon Musk and Larry Ellison most notably. Randall Lane, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Iconic businesses such as Oracle and Hewlett-Packard have announced plans to decamp the state for Texas, some citing the high taxes and cost of living. Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2021 With his new wealth accruing to him at a time of perilously high British tax rates, the Spurriers decided to decamp for Provence in 1968 and then to Paris in 1970. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2021

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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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28 May 2021

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“Decamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of decamp

: to leave a place suddenly and secretly


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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