American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To depart secretly or suddenly.
- v. To depart from a camp or camping ground.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To depart from a camp or camping-ground; break camp; march off: as, the army decamped at six o'clock.
- In a general sense, to depart quickly, secretly, or unceremoniously; take one's self off; run away: as, he decamped suddenly.
- To camp.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To break up a camp; to move away from a camping ground, usually by night or secretly.
- v. Hence, to depart suddenly; to run away; -- generally used disparagingly.
- v. leave suddenly
- v. run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
- v. leave a camp
- French décamper, from Old French descamper, to strike camp : des-, de- + camper, to camp (from camp, camp; see camp1). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They decamp from the nick and roaraway in a cloud of dust.”
“But late Friday protest leaders softened their stance, saying they would agree to decamp from the Thai capital's commercial center if Abhisit were to promise to dissolve parliament in 30 days.”
“Perhaps this explains Ford’s subsequent decision to decamp from the South in search of a more gullible electorate.”
“Alarmed at my strange situation, I now sought to decamp, meaning to wait for Lady Crewe up stairs: but to even approach the door was impossible.”
“After the dust settled and Ms. Fox returned to LA, or her suite at the Soho Grand, or wherever stars decamp these days, the boy's parents, hair stylists Revi and Valery Joseph, asked if anyone had documented their son's star turn.”
“Fresh off the heels of opening his second Bowery canteen, Peels, Mr. Somer plans to decamp to Brooklyn where he will whittle his own line of salvaged wood furniture.”
“The players have been forced to decamp while the historic building—with its sumptuous red velvet and gilded interior—is renovated.”
“He has also praised the Occupy movement and its message, while telling protesters they must decamp.”
“In January, the University of Pennsylvania's West Coast business campus will decamp from the Folger Building, once home to the namesake coffee company, to the top floor of the Hills Plaza building, former headquarters of the Hills Bros. coffee company.”
“It's no wonder that art fairs are sprouting up where many New York collectors decamp for the summer.”
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