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

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Examples of amp in a Sentence

Noun (1) He plugged his guitar into the amp.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Amalia also lets slip that Mary is doing a dry run with the amp later that evening because why not just tell her everything. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, "The Nevers Recap: Hold the Phone," 25 Apr. 2021 Sample induction by trying out the $72 Duxtop 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Burner, which plugs into a standard 120 V 15 amp electric outlet. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Why New Induction Cooktops Are Safer and Faster Than Gas or Electric," 22 Apr. 2021 Kurt Cobain’s guitar sound was violent and arresting, like his amp was on fire. Nabil Ayers, Rolling Stone, "The Night Nirvana Changed Everything," 15 Apr. 2021 This headphone amp/DAC is stunning in its handling of a wide variety of music and drove my Audio-Technica headphones beautifully. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "This Small Dongle Brings Hi-Fi Sound To Your Phone," 12 Apr. 2021 Squier Bullet Stratocaster Bundle: $339.99 at AmazonYou get plenty of bang for your buck with this beginner's bundle: a solid electric guitar and a range of accessories, including a Fender practice amp, cable, tuner, strap and plectrums. Lauren Corona,, "Best cheap electric guitars," 17 Mar. 2021 Toasted shredded coconut and coconut flour amp up the coconut flavor while also giving you two different textures. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "An Easter feast as tribute to the best of spring," 1 Apr. 2021 Even when integration with other tools or workflows is impossible, borrowing existing concepts, data models, or patterns can reduce a product’s onr-amp time and operational overhead. Abhishek Agrawal, Fortune, "To fix the cybersecurity talent shortage, we need smarter product design," 16 Mar. 2021 Somewhere, Jack White is busy looking for new amp settings. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, "RS Country Music Picks for the Week of March 15th," 15 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And what better time to amp up the color than now, when flowers are blooming and temps are on the rise? Erin Parker, Glamour, "Glossier Cloud Paint Review: See the Blush on Five Different Skin Tones," 8 Apr. 2021 Add a generous glug of warm vinegar to amp up the cleaning power. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: DNA kits ... for your dog," 10 Apr. 2021 Thanks to these findings, researchers realized updating the ratios of the active ingredients in their proprietary blend of herbs would amp up performance even further. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, "Sulwhasoo's First Care Activating Serum Just Got Even Better," 19 Feb. 2021 The key is to avoid social isolation and cultivate safe ways to maintain social interactions in order to enhance your brain’s gray matter and amp up your well-being. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, "10 Things A Working Brain Needs To Build A Healthy, Successful Career," 5 Apr. 2021 Before the pandemic, the farm’s leaders had been discussing how to amp up its eco-tourism programs. New York Times, "In Hawaii, Reimagining Tourism for a Post-Pandemic World," 7 Mar. 2021 But in recent years, these firms have tried to amp up their presence in other markets. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, "Indian IT isn’t hung up on the H-1B visa," 4 Mar. 2021 Others rely on old-fashioned social pressure to get people to amp up their accessibility game. Washington Post, "Social media has upped its accessibility game. But deaf creators say it has a long way to go.," 15 Mar. 2021 Producers have used interactions that happen off the show to amp up the drama since the beginning of the franchise, but the past several years have made contestants’ social-media accounts and public appearances into huge turning points in the show. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, "It Is Once Again Time to Call for Chris Harrison’s Retirement From The Bachelor," 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of amp

Noun (1)

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1985, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amp

Noun (1)

by shortening

Noun (2)

adenosine monophosphate

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“Amp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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