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.

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The corridor transitioned to commercial and industrial development and later fell into decay after the city’s grandees decamped for the city’s eastern suburbs and pulled down most of the mansions. Steven Litt,, "Cleveland Foundation plans to relocate from Playhouse Square to Midtown, despite legal tussle over site," 28 June 2019 Many species that depend on a brackish mix of fresh and saltwater in coastal estuaries are decamping as this year’s huge floods flush in fresh water, laden with pollution from farms and cities in the Mississippi River basin. USA TODAY, "Mural for missing women, ‘Jedi’ cremations, MRI party: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2019 This was during a period Marvel's genius writer/face-of-the-franchise Lee decamped to the West Coast to pursue Hollywood adaptations. Matt Wake |,, "Marvel Comics icons talk Hulk, Stan Lee, Avengers, more," 6 Mar. 2019 Electrolux is decamping to South Carolina from St. Cloud thanks, in part, to a tax incentive worth $73 million over 32 years, according to a state estimate cited by the company. New York Times, "Lessons From Rust-Belt Cities That Kept Their Sheen," 1 May 2018 In addition to Allenby and Pursue, Fort Street Galley also recently lost its beverage director Marlowe Johnson, who decamped to lead the bar program at Flowers of Vietnam. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Fort Street Galley food hall is losing another vendor," 19 June 2019 The session is nearly over and tired lawmakers are increasingly eager to decamp for their home districts., "Oregon tobacco tax: On track or a bridge too far?," 5 June 2019 After years as chief curator of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and director of its edgy offshoot in Queens, MoMA PS1, Mr. Biesenbach, who was born and raised in Germany, has decamped to the West Coast. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "A Star Curator Falls in Love With Los Angeles," 27 Apr. 2019 Since decamping to the horse capital of the country, Wellington, Florida, in 2017, late nights in Manhattan are largely a thing of the past for show jumper Ariana Rockefeller—save for a few exceptions. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Ariana Rockefeller and Bucherer Host a Polo Bar Dinner With More Than 140 Carats of Diamonds," 2 May 2019

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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