De*camp" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Decamped (?; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. Decamping.] [F. d'ecamper; pref. d'e- (L. dis) + camp camp. See Camp.]


To break up a camp; to move away from a camping ground, usually by night or secretly.



Hence, to depart suddenly; to run away; -- generally used disparagingly.

The fathers were ordered to decamp, and the house was once again converted into a tavern. Goldsmith.


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