The Closing Word: Decamp

The Closing Word: DecampThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (DEE-camp)

1. leave suddenly
2. run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
3. leave a camp

From “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.”

“Unfortunately when the squatters decamped, they stripped the house of its copper, sticking the absentee owner with substantial, expensive repairs.”


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