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.
- de·camp·ment, noun
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How to use decamp in a sentence
Once a year growing up, my family would decamp to Lake Taupo for trout season.How to Make Smoked Trout, According to a Chef in Tasmania | Monica Burton | February 10, 2021 | Eater
Elizabeth decamped to Britain along with her companion and ward, Kitty, whom she adopted as a child.Determined to practice medicine, two sisters defied conventions | Janet Golden | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
By 2020, the paper’s prize-winning investigative reporter and some of its top editors had decamped to a new, nonprofit newsroom, Mountain State Spotlight.These local newspapers say Facebook and Google are killing them. Now they’re fighting back. | Margaret Sullivan | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Peter took precautions before and during his flights to Richmond, and if the in-person connection with Betty proved flimsy, he figured he could always decamp to his mother’s place.They met in high school. Fifty years later, the pandemic helped them realize they belonged together. | Lisa Bonos | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
Most decamped to more encrypted messaging apps after Parler, a social app popular with conservatives, went offline when Amazon pulled its hosting services.'A Real Nightmare.' State Capitols Are Racing to Catch Up to the Far-Right Threat | Vera Bergengruen | January 14, 2021 | Time
Within a couple of years he intends to decamp for either San Diego or San Francisco.
For starters, you must eliminate excess, so, if you wished, you could decamp on a dime.
Since the evening before, aides-decamp, leaving the governor's palace, galloped in every direction.Michael Strogoff | Jules Verne
To "shoot the moon," as the English say, is to decamp from a house without paying the rent.The Proverbs of Scotland | Alexander Hislop
A pleasant sight it was, to behold the prelates occupied in hunting him, for he would not decamp!The Book of Curiosities | I. Platts
All at once it struck me that if I really frightened him too much they might decamp without making a clean sweep.Murder in Any Degree | Owen Johnson
Mr. Farrar is housekeeper, and 'tidies up' with such vigour that his three comrades threaten to give up their lodgings and decamp.A Woman's Part in a Revolution | Natalie Harris Hammond
British Dictionary definitions for decamp
to leave a camp; break camp
to depart secretly or suddenly; abscond
- decampment, noun
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