Definition of decamp in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈkamp/


[no object]
1Leave a place suddenly or secretly: now he has decamped to Hollywood
More example sentences
  • 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.
informal split, scram, skedaddle, vamoose, skip, cut and run, make tracks, push off, shove off, clear off, hightail it, hotfoot it, show a clean pair of heels, do a bunk, do a runner, do a moonlight flit, do a disappearing act, head for the hills, fly the coop, take French leave, go AWOL
British informal scarper
North American informal take a powder, go on the lam, light out, bug out, peel out, cut out
British informal, dated hook it
2Break up or leave a military camp: the armies of both chiefs had decamped
More example sentences
  • 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



Pronunciation: /dɪˈkampm(ə)nt/
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.


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

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