Definition of decamp in English:

decamp

Syllabification: de·camp
Pronunciation: /diˈkamp
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1Depart suddenly or secretly, especially to relocate one’s business or household in another area: now he has decamped to Hollywood
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    • Catching a hint of disapproval, the guests decamped to a local hostelry, where so much drink was taken they were ejected.
    • After living in Whistler for 12 years, she decamped to Golden in May to escape an escalating cost of living.
    • In January 2004, after contributing to Cambridge University's decision to abandon its plans for a new neuroscience research centre, the animal rights group and a number of its supporters decamped to Oxford.
    Synonyms
    abscond, make off, run off/away, flee, bolt, take flight, disappear, vanish, steal away, sneak away, escape, make a run for it, leave, depart
    informal split, scram, vamoose, cut and run, do a disappearing act, head for the hills, go AWOL, take a powder, go on the lam
  • 1.1 archaic Break up or leave a military camp: the armies of both chiefs had decamped
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    • Just before sunset, the army decamped as if to go east to meet Kerbogha in the field.
    • Yushchenko had asked the protesters to strike the camp last week, but many were reluctant to decamp and many stalwarts only began leaving Friday or Saturday.
    Synonyms
    strike one's tents, break camp, move on

Derivatives

decampment

noun
More example sentences
  • What is clear is that Duchamp's decampment to New York is the single most symbolic act in the transfer of cultural power from old world to new.
  • The ballet begins in Egypt with Cleopatra luxuriating in her bath, and swiftly moves on to her quick-witted evasion of an assassination attempt by her brother to her triumphant seduction of Caesar and decampment to Rome.
  • Borland will stay in California, so there won't be a repeat of the cost-cutting decampment of WP to Ottawa.

Origin

late 17th century: from French décamper, from dé- (expressing removal) + camp 'camp'.

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