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.
Recent Examples on the Web Towns like Greenville have a cool outdoorsy vibe even after the crowds of boaters and fisherfolk have decamped for the season, and the best restaurants, such as The Quarry, in Monson, remain open, with seasonal menus., "Power to the pumpkin people! Six under-the-radar autumn escapes - The Boston Globe," 10 Oct. 2019 The Sussex family is also expected to decamp to the Queen’s Scottish estate of Balmoral. Vogue, "Did Archie Mountbatten-Windsor Inherit Prince Harry’s Signature Feature?," 16 Aug. 2019 NBC News Should black college athletes decamp to HBCUs? Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "At Fortune’s Global Sustainability Forum, the Planet Is the Point: raceAhead," 5 Sep. 2019 Most of those were lower-income residents who decamped for places like Arizona and Florida. Kevin Erdmann, WSJ, "Rich Cities Created the Housing Shortage," 6 Jan. 2019 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

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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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24 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Decamp.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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