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[dih-kamp] /dɪˈkæmp/
verb (used without object)
to depart from a camp; to pack up equipment and leave a camping ground:
We decamped before the rain began.
to depart quickly, secretly, or unceremoniously:
The band of thieves decamped in the night.
Origin of decamp
1670-80; < French décamper, equivalent to dé- dis-1 + camper to encamp; see camp1
Related forms
decampment, noun Unabridged
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  • Naturally the aide-decamp had not had the forethought to provide himself with either, so he took his departure.
  • The tents and the tent-life are more interesting for the moment than objects which cannot decamp.
  • If they suspect that universities, too, are full of spooks they will decamp.
  • Some, however, are being offered double that to decamp to rivals.
  • If taxes or costs increase in a country, multinationals simply decamp.
  • But for this evening, the decamp to dinner had begun.
British Dictionary definitions for decamp


verb (intransitive)
to leave a camp; break camp
to depart secretly or suddenly; abscond
Derived Forms
decampment, noun
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Word Origin and History for decamp

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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