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 \ -​mənt How to pronounce decampment (audio) \ 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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Still others decamped to Emerald Street and Frankford Avenue, sites the city is leaving alone for now. Aubrey Whelan,, "Cautious optimism as Kensington heroin camps prepare for eviction," 24 May 2018 Several young, high-profile general partners who backed consumer companies have exited Greylock over the last few years, including Sarah Tavel, who departed for Benchmark, and Josh Elman, who decamped for the stock-trading company Robinhood. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "An old-guard investment firm, CRV, has made a hire to compete for the new megadeals," 5 Nov. 2018 That explains why New Yorkers are decamping to the Catskills on the weekends in search of fresh air and no cell signal. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Serenity Now: The Curious Trend of Earth Colors," 23 July 2018 Many Assembly members in recent years have decamped to run for the New York City Council, where the base pay is $148,500. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Commission Mulls Raises for Cuomo and New York Lawmakers," 20 Nov. 2018 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have decamped to Balmoral. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Where in the World Are Harry and Meghan?," 20 Aug. 2018 Jason Warnick, who joined Amazon in 1999, is decamping to Robinhood, the startup told Recode on Monday. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "An Amazon veteran is leaving after 20 years to eventually help take Robinhood public," 27 Nov. 2018 But many businesses and high earners responded by decamping for sunnier tax climes. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Connecticut Voters Wonder Who’ll Stop the Rain," 5 Oct. 2018 Incidentally, the sitcom Hot in Cleveland is really about contrast effect: A trio of attractive middle-aged women decamp cutthroat L.A. for the Buckeye State to be thinner, prettier fish in a kinder, gentler pond. Monica Corcoran Harel, Marie Claire, "Scale and the City," 24 Sep. 2013

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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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