verb (used without object)

  1. to depart from a camp; to pack up equipment and leave a camping ground: We decamped before the rain began.
  2. to depart quickly, secretly, or unceremoniously: The band of thieves decamped in the night.

verb (intr)

  1. to leave a camp; break camp
  2. to depart secretly or suddenly; abscond

1670s, from French d├ęcamper (17c.), earlier descamper, from des- (see dis-) + camper (see camp (n.)). Non-military use is from 1751. Related: Decamped; decamping.

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