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 formsde·camp·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb (intr)

to leave a camp; break camp
to depart secretly or suddenly; abscond
Derived Formsdecampment, 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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