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stamp

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verb \ˈstamp; vt2a & vi2 are also ˈstämp or ˈstȯmp\

Simple Definition of stamp

  • : to bring (your foot) down heavily and noisily

  • : to walk heavily and noisily

  • : to use a special device (called a stamp) to put a design, word, etc., on something : to create a mark by pressing a special tool against a surface

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stamp

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pound or crush with a pestle or a heavy instrument

  3. 2a (1) :  to strike or beat forcibly with the bottom of the foot (2) :  to bring down (the foot) forciblyb :  to extinguish or destroy by or as if by stamping with the foot —usually used with out <stamp out cancer>

  4. 3a :  impress, imprint <stamp “paid” on the bill>b :  to attach a stamp to

  5. 4 :  to cut out, bend, or form with a stamp or die

  6. 5a :  to provide with a distinctive character <stamped with a dreary, institutionalized look — Bernard Taper>b :  characterize <stamped as honest women — W. M. Thackeray>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  pound 1

  9. 2 :  to strike the foot forcibly or noisily downward

Examples of stamp in a sentence

  1. He stamped his foot in anger.

  2. He stamped out of the room.

  3. She stamped the bill paid.



Origin and Etymology of stamp

Middle English; akin to Old High German stampfōn to stamp and perhaps to Greek stembein to shake up


First Known Use: 13th century


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stamp

noun

Simple Definition of stamp

  • : a small piece of paper that you buy and then stick to an envelope or package to pay the cost of mailing it

  • : a small piece of paper that is attached to something and that shows that a tax or fee has been paid

  • : a device or tool that is used to mark something (such as a piece of paper) with a design, pattern, word, etc., by being pushed against a surface : a device or tool used for stamping something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stamp

  1. 1 :  a device or instrument for stamping

  2. 2 :  the impression or mark made by stamping or imprinting

  3. 3a :  a distinctive character, indication, or markb :  a lasting imprint

  4. 4 :  the act of stamping

  5. 5 :  a stamped or printed paper affixed in evidence that a tax has been paid; also :  postage stamp

stampless

adjective

Examples of stamp in a sentence

  1. There was a stamp on the letter showing the date when it was received.

  2. <a stamp left in the mud by some prehistoric beast>



15th Century

First Known Use of stamp

15th century



STAMP Defined for Kids

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stamp

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verb \ˈstamp\

Definition of stamp for Students

stamped

stamping

  1. 1 :  to bring the foot down hard and with noise <They all laughed and stamped and clapped their hands … — J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit>

  2. 2 :  to put an end to by or as if by hitting with the bottom of the foot <We stamped out the fire.> <The mayor promised to stamp out crime.>

  3. 3 :  to mark or cut out with a tool or device having a design <The bill was stamped paid.> <The mint stamps coins.>

  4. 4 :  to attach a postage stamp to

  5. 5 :  characterize 1 <Their acts stamped them as cowards.>




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stamp

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Definition of stamp for Students

  1. 1 :  a small piece of paper or a mark attached to something to show that a tax or fee has been paid <a postage stamp>

  2. 2 :  a device or instrument for marking with a design

  3. 3 :  the mark made by stamping

  4. 4 :  a sign of a special quality <the stamp of genius> <She gave the idea her stamp of approval.>

  5. 5 :  the act of bringing the foot down hard




Law Dictionary

stamp

noun

Legal Definition of stamp

  1. :  an official mark or seal set on something (as a deed) chargeable with a government or state duty or tax or on papers requiring execution under certain conditions to signify that the duty or tax has been paid or the condition fulfilled; especially :  revenue stamp





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