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 decampment (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 Back on the set of Gabriel’s Inferno, at the end of another long day of filming, Berruti and the actress who plays Julia, Melanie Zanetti, didn’t decamp to their trailers. Hallie Lieberman, Wired, "The Musk of Romance," 11 June 2020 In March, millions of people had their workplaces scrambled by the coronavirus pandemic and hastily decamped to work remotely. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Remote-Working From a Different State? Beware of a Tax Surprise," 29 May 2020 Washington left for Mount Vernon while Jefferson decamped to Monticello, as Vice President John Adams retreated to his farm in Quincy, Massachusetts. National Geographic, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 5 May 2020 That was the day that me, my husband, our two daughters, our shaggy mutt and a million Ikea bags stuffed with rations decamped from Queens to my parents' home in New Jersey. S. Mitra Kalita, CNN, "I'm the quarantine buffer among three generations of my family. All in one house," 11 Apr. 2020 That pattern is occurring in Clark-Fulton, where some residents have decamped to Brooklyn Centre and suburbs including Parma and North Olmsted. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Clark-Fulton neighborhood launches plan to avert gentrification in wake of $1B MetroHealth transformation," 8 Mar. 2020 Washington was immediately awarded an expansion team; the new Senators finished with a single season winning record from 1961-1971, then decamped to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to become the Texas Rangers. Sean Gregory, Time, "This Year's World Series Has All the Makings of a Classic. Here's What to Know," 22 Oct. 2019 In his second go-round, McCain — carrying his own bags — decamped to New Hampshire after nearly running out of money. Victoria Mcgrane,, "Michael Bennet, longshot-in-chief, stakes White House bid on N.H.," 22 Jan. 2020 In recent days, some of Mr. Sanders’s closest advisers, including his campaign manager, Faiz Shakir; Ari Rabin-Havt, a deputy campaign manager; and Mr. Weaver, decamped to Burlington to strategize there. New York Times, "Bernie Sanders Wants to Fight On. He Has His Reasons.," 16 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of decamp was in 1676

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20 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Decamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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