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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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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Not long after Simard bagged saplings in the misty Pacific Northwest, Kiers decamped from Bowdoin College in frigid Maine to the warm and humid Barro Colorado Island in Panama. Quanta Magazine, "Soil’s Microbial Market Shows the Ruthless Side of Forests," 27 Aug. 2019 But a change in company policy barred Porsche family members from management roles, and so Piëch decamped to Audi. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Ferdinand Piëch dies, father of the Porsche 917 and Bugatti Veyron," 26 Aug. 2019 In the nineties, many of Xi’s peers decamped to Hong Kong and elsewhere to make their fortunes, but Xi didn’t join them. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "China’s Hong Kong Dilemma," 25 Aug. 2019 After a boozy dinner and several rounds of beer and soju, a local spirit, the party would decamp to a dingy basement and squeeze onto faded upholstery in an airless room with a karaoke machine. The Economist, "Karaoke with colleagues is no longer compulsory in South Korea," 22 Aug. 2019 The New England super couple decamped from their Back Bay condo in 2012 for their Brookline estate, selling the Beacon Street home for $9.2 million. Dialynn Dwyer,, "Is Tom Brady selling his massive Brookline mansion?," 6 Aug. 2019 Others decamped to the 'burbs, or went abroad for work. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "#NoNewFriends Is Actually a Horrible Way to Live," 18 July 2019 The young Vanderbilt widow decamped to Europe after securing a $4,000 monthly allowance from her daughter’s share of the trust. Elaine Woo,, "Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, socialite and fashion entrepreneur, dies at 95," 17 June 2019 His predecessor Big Boy, who hosted the Power 106 morning show for 18 years, decamped for Real 92.3 in 2015. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Nick Cannon to Host, Produce Power 106 Morning Show," 14 June 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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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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