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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The pair met in Seoul where Kabachenko was working as a model and recently decamped to New York to relaunch the label as Wood House Army. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "A Designer With a Military Past Looks for Peace," 11 July 2018 After a few years, Angelo decamped and opened another A’s location 50 miles south, in beachy Dana Point. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, "The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot," 21 June 2018 His best friend decamped to Texas and a home twice as big. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "California GOP has a lot riding on 2 candidates for governor," 19 May 2018 But over the decades many of the big names have decamped for Midtown. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Deutsche Bank to Leave Wall Street for Midtown Manhattan," 4 May 2018 Raf Simons, for the last few seasons the highlight of New York’s men’s fashion week, recently announced his intentions to decamp back to Paris for his shows. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "If He Can Make It Here, He’ll Make It Anywhere," 7 June 2018 Men such as Kevin Spacey and Bill O’Reilly are still banished from film and media, and have decamped to their mansions. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Harvey Weinstein's Arrest Is Just the Opening Scene," 31 May 2018 After the visit, Trump will decamp to Finland for a one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16. Joshua Hafner, USA TODAY, "U.S. embassy warns Americans to 'keep a low profile' in London during Trump visit," 10 July 2018 That fruitful episode involved revisiting a low-fi concept album McMicken and Leaman recorded in the 1990s about a man who attempts to escape his humdrum existence by decamping to the place that gave the album its name: The Psychedelic Swamp. Dan Deluca,, "Dr. Dog return with 'Critical Equation,' get set to play biggest ever Philly show," 21 June 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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