decamp

When you decamp, you leave or depart very suddenly, or in secret. If your rent in Brooklyn keeps going up, you may decide to decamp to New Jersey.

Use the verb decamp when people scram — especially when they relocate a household or a business to a new location. You'll probably be disappointed when your favorite pizza place decamps to another neighborhood, or if your best friend's family decamps to Canada. The word was originally a military term, literally meaning "leave camp," from the French décamper, from des-, "apart or away," and camp, "open space for military exercises."

Primary Meanings of decamp

1.
v
leave suddenly
2.
v
leave a camp
Full Definitions of decamp
1

v leave suddenly

“She persuaded him to decamp
Synonyms:
skip, vamoose
Type of:
go away, go forth, leave
go away from a place

v run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

Synonyms:
abscond, absquatulate, bolt, go off, make off, run off
Types:
levant
run off without paying a debt
Type of:
flee, fly, take flight
run away quickly
2

v leave a camp

“The hikers decamped before dawn”
Synonyms:
break camp
Type of:
depart, quit, take leave
go away or leave

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