Definition of decamp in US English:



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  • 1Depart suddenly or secretly, especially to relocate one's business or household in another area.

    ‘now he has decamped to Hollywood’
    • ‘She majored in communications at the University of Iowa, then decamped for New York City, where she spent a brief period working at The New Yorker and at travel magazines.’
    • ‘After living in Whistler for 12 years, she decamped to Golden in May to escape an escalating cost of living.’
    • ‘It was June 1994 and a by-election had finally been called to replace then-EU Commissioner Padraig Flynn in Co Mayo who had decamped to Brussels 18 months previously.’
    • ‘Her mother-in-law belonged to an old Baghdad Jewish family which had decamped to Israel, where she married a man named Judea.’
    • ‘#2.4 million of licence fee-payers' money has been put towards the project, which hit an early hitch when most of the cast were struck down with flu and decamped to Harris where they were put up in luxury flats.’
    • ‘Then while on a photo assignment in Reykjavik three years ago, he bumped into an ex girlfriend and within six months had decamped to Iceland.’
    • ‘The former headquarters of the National Union of Mineworkers next to Sheffield City Hall has stood empty since 1994, when the union decamped to Barnsley.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Catching a hint of disapproval, the guests decamped to a local hostelry, where so much drink was taken they were ejected.’
    • ‘Luck came to the rescue for us once again as we decamped to my cousin Debbie's new studio which, conveniently, is smack dab in the middle of Oxford Street, and thus the parade route.’
    • ‘We decamped to Freedom, the micro-brewery across the road, and flopped down on the long comfy seats, where we stayed for the next four hours, the size of the group slowly dwindling until eventually there was only four of us left.’
    • ‘More than 10,000 pro-hunt campaigners from all over the country decamped to the seaside resort, which was hosting the Labour Party's annual conference.’
    • ‘After spending the Christmas season in London with my family, Rylan and I decamped for the continent, hoping that when we returned, the scandal of our wedding would have died down.’
    • ‘In 1851 he decamped for Paris to meet and study with Gustave Le Gray, a teacher of important photographers and a founder of the world's first photographic society.’
    • ‘While the rest of the group were filming Honest, Lewis decamped to LA and started writing the follow-up to their debut album, including the mighty first single Pure Shores.’
    • ‘We decamped to Porters, as usual, and took over half a dozen tables or so to drink the night away.’
    • ‘After five years in an office perched over the Piazza Diavolo in the broken heart of Kings Cross, I've decamped to the cool marble splendour of the city's optimistically named Trust Building.’
    • ‘She came up with several plans that failed spectacularly and finally decamped for England.’
    • ‘At the end of 2000, Aiken decamped to London and completed a postgraduate course in journalism at the University of Central England in Birmingham.’
    • ‘In fact, lack of interest led some of the audience to decamp during the break.’
    abscond, make off, run off, run away, flee, bolt, take off, take flight, disappear, vanish, slip away, steal away, sneak away, beat a hasty retreat, escape, make a run for it, make one's getaway, leave, depart, make oneself scarce
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    1. 1.1archaic Break up or leave a military camp.
      ‘the armies of both chiefs had decamped’
      • ‘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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Late 17th century: from French décamper, from dé- (expressing removal) + camp ‘camp’.