noun (1)
\ ˈamp How to pronounce amp (audio) \

Definition of amp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : ampere
2 : amplifier also : a unit consisting of an electronic amplifier and a loudspeaker


amped; amping; amps

Definition of amp (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 informal : to make (someone) more excited or energetic : excite, energize Players either get amped by the electricity of the event or founder in the ambient chaos.— Jon Wertheim often used with up When Smith came out to accept her trophy, Bieber smothered her with kisses, and then pumped his fist to amp up the crowd …— Melissa Ruggieri
2 : to make (something) more intense : heighten, intensify The violence is amped by the presence of automatic weapons and gyrating camerawork, but it all feels very familiar.— Kevin Crust usually used with up The fledgling studio that wound up making the film … knew that it had teenage girls in its pocket, and wisely amped up the action scenes in the trailer in an attempt to snag male viewers as well.— Karen ValbyRoasting the pork at a low temperature in a spiced salt mixture amps up the flavor of the meat and makes it extra-tender.— Gabrielle Hamilton
3 : to increase the amount of (something) : raise In this convention year … the stakes have been amped.— Charles McGrath usually used with up As investors get used to steady returns, they start borrowing to amp up gains … and buying increasingly dubious stuff …— Pat Regnier… the producers always need to amp up the stakes, and, this season, there are a few new twists …— Andy Edelstein — see also amped, amped-up


noun (2)
\ ˌā-ˌem-ˈpē How to pronounce AMP (audio) \

Definition of AMP (Entry 3 of 3)

: a nucleotide C10H12N5O3H2PO4 composed of adenosine and one phosphate group that is reversibly convertible to ADP and ATP in metabolic reactions

called also adenosine monophosphate, adenylic acid

— compare cyclic amp

Examples of amp in a Sentence

Noun (1)

He plugged his guitar into the amp.

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In front of giant prop amps, Hoppus and Skiba traded the microphone and fumbled through their parts, which were muffled by the amphitheater’s sound system in a way their pristine records never were. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, "Nobody on stage seemed to be having fun at Lil Wayne and Blink-182’s nostalgia show," 12 July 2019 Ford points out that these idle tests were performed with the A/C set to full cool, fan on 4, the radio on, and an additional 32 amps to simulate the active use of emergency lights, a computer, and a police radio while idling. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid AWD Saves Fuel, Hauls Ass," 17 May 2019 Another study by food scientists at Cornell University also showed in 2015 that the noise level on flights tamps down sweet flavors but amps up umami tastes in substances like tomato juice. Author: Hannah Sampson, Anchorage Daily News, "'Mile Cry Club’: Why human emotions and senses go haywire on a plane," 21 June 2019 The amp provides Windows Sonic surround sound on Xbox One, and DTS 7.1 surround sound on PS4. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Turtle Beach’s new Elite Pro 2 gaming headset comes with a metal headband and ‘SuperAmp’," 29 Aug. 2018 In hi-fi nerdspeak, that means vintage Rogers speakers, a McIntosh pre-amp, and a McIntosh power amp to pipe their vinyl collections. Cassandra Landry, Bon Appétit, "The Little Things: A Design Tour of San Francisco’s Rustic-Modern Wine Bar, Verjus," 10 June 2019 At that time, soundclash meant that soundsystems would quite literally be killed—their speakers blown, amps shot, vocalists unable to continue. Erin Macleod, The New York Review of Books, "Erin MacLeod," 22 May 2019 Grandpa had his guitar amp, cds, and 40 years of sheet music stolen out of his suburban. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Danny Duffy offers reward after grandfather's hand-written sheet music was stolen | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018 Revving the engine won't help: jumpstarting draws amps from the good battery, which is unaffected by engine power. Alex Leanse, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Important Facts (And Myths) About Your Car Battery," 17 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There’s even a Stranger Things 3 Collectible Arcade Cabinet up for grabs for Xbox fans, and Microsoft is using its original corporate logo from 1985 to really amp up the nostalgia. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft’s new Windows 1.11 app is a Stranger Things trip back to 1985," 8 July 2019 Cincinnati locations ring: This unique ring is sure to amp up your jewelry collection. Noelle Zielinski,, "You're gonna love what you can find on Etsy when you search for 'Cincinnati'," 30 June 2019 Enoch said he was told to amp up his rebounding and ball distribution. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Jordan Nwora and Steven Enoch got some feedback from the NBA, and these are their takeaways," 5 June 2019 Consider amping up any little black dress with Kylie Jenner's peony-colored lids, or artist Carolina Gonzalez's iridescent lip, as seen on Victoria's Secret angel Candice Swanepoel—the extra effort is bound to make fellow merry makers swoon. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "7 Easy and Festive Makeup Ideas To Amp Up Any Holiday Party," 22 Dec. 2018 But their blueprints differ in crucial ways, and the fight this week has only amped up widening political differences between the mayor and the board. Dominic Fracassa,, "Can mayor and SF supervisors make nice to build more affordable housing?," 21 June 2019 Britain accomplished this while also amping up its labor-participation rate. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "A British Warning for the Trump Fed," 20 June 2019 Replacing contemporary light fixtures with industrial-style navy pendants on gold chains along with a white wood-bead chandelier infused personality, which Burns amped up with mixed-metal bar stools. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Millennials decorate their Newport home with a touch of beachy glam," 20 June 2019 The two were looking for help amping up their New Jersey home before both of them embarked on the Hamilton world tour. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How Two Hamilton Stars Designed Their Dream Home—Online," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of amp

Noun (1)

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1972, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amp

Noun (1)

by shortening

Noun (2)

adenosine monophosphate

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Medical Definition of amp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 amperage
2 ampere
3 ampule
4 amputation


\ ˌā-ˌem-ˈpē How to pronounce AMP (audio) \

Medical Definition of AMP (Entry 2 of 2)

: a nucleotide C10H12N5O3H2PO4 that is composed of adenosine and one phosphate group and is reversibly convertible to ADP and ATP in metabolic reactions

called also adenosine monophosphate

— compare cyclic amp

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