Definition of decamp in English:


Line breaks: de¦camp
Pronunciation: /dɪˈkamp


[no object]
  • 2Break 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.
    strike one's tents, break camp, move on



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  • 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.


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

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