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 Trumpworld is preparing to decamp en masse to Florida next week when President Trump leaves office, and his advisers and family plot their futures after an election defeat and a second impeachment. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trumpworld plots exodus to Florida after Biden inauguration," 14 Jan. 2021 The 49ers will decamp to the desert for much of December. Eric Branch,, "December in the desert: 49ers will stay, practice and play in Arizona," 1 Dec. 2020 Though many Twin Cities did decamp to the suburbs and to more rural areas to escape rising crime and high-density living in the suburbs, there were plenty of buyers to take their place. Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities home sales surge led by 47% increase in Minneapolis," 19 Nov. 2020 Alas, the congressional cavalry isn’t coming soon, especially with so many lawmakers set to decamp for the campaign trail, and with Trump and Joe Biden bidding to flip red and blue states and pivot purple ones. Star Tribune, "The week's news vividly depicts concurrent crises," 11 Sep. 2020 People have, of course, migrated in and out of New York City for years; the city has attracted eager young professionals while leading families looking for space to decamp to the suburbs. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Manhattan Vacancy Rate Climbs, and Rents Drop 10%," 18 Aug. 2020 Pete Julian’s elite distance group will decamp for Europe this week, with the goal of getting into some European meets being held this month. oregonlive, "Pete Julian’s world-class training group will spend August in Europe: Oregon track & field rundown," 2 Aug. 2020 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

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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 Jan 2021

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“Decamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 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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