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decamp

[dih-kamp] /dɪˈkæmp/
verb (used without object)
1.
to depart from a camp; to pack up equipment and leave a camping ground:
We decamped before the rain began.
2.
to depart quickly, secretly, or unceremoniously:
The band of thieves decamped in the night.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < French décamper, equivalent to dé- dis-1 + camper to encamp; see camp1
Related forms
decampment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for de-camp

decamp

/dɪˈkæmp/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to leave a camp; break camp
2.
to depart secretly or suddenly; abscond
Derived Forms
decampment, noun
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Word Origin and History for de-camp

decamp

v.

1670s, from French décamper (17c.), earlier descamper, from des- (see dis-) + camper (see camp (n.)). Non-military use is from 1751. Related: Decamped; decamping.

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