[ dih-kamp ]
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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 of decamp

1670–80; <French décamper, equivalent to dé-dis-1 + camper to encamp; see camp1

Other words from decamp

  • de·camp·ment, noun

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How to use decamp in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for decamp


/ (dɪˈkæmp) /

  1. to leave a camp; break camp

  2. to depart secretly or suddenly; abscond

Derived forms of decamp

  • decampment, noun

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