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."

Definitions of decamp
  1. verb
    leave suddenly
    “She persuaded him to decamp
    synonyms: skip, vamoose
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    type of:
    go away, go forth, leave
    go away from a place
  2. verb
    run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
    synonyms: abscond, absquatulate, bolt, go off, make off, run off
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    run off without paying a debt
    type of:
    flee, fly, take flight
    run away quickly
  3. verb
    leave a camp
    “The hikers decamped before dawn”
    synonyms: break camp
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    type of:
    depart, quit, take leave
    go away or leave
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