\ 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 upWhen 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 upThe 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 upAs 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
\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As with any power tool system, the larger amp hour capacity costs more and increases the battery’s weight. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Stihl’s Electric MSA 200 C-B Chainsaw Has Staying Power," 27 May 2020 But in fact, this was Eddie Van Halen at his most creative, blasting an electric piano through a Marshall amp. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "A dozen albums for a penny? I’ve still got mine, and plenty of time to listen.," 2 July 2020 The Dylan movie will focus on the period when the American songwriter in 1965 traded his folksy sound and acoustic guitar for an amp and an electric guitar and completely changed his sound. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "James Mangold set to direct Timothée Chalamet as Bob Dylan," 7 Jan. 2020 Pickups are transducers that translate the vibration of the string into an electrical signal, which can then be played through an amp. Popular Science, "I tried a bajillion new products this year. Here are 17 you should actually buy.," 16 Dec. 2019 Plugging into a guitar amp is the best solution, but the RCA inputs on a home stereo system will work in a pinch too. Michael Calore, Wired, "All the Gear You Need to Throw a DIY Karaoke Party," 19 May 2020 There are even effects to simulate guitar amps and pedals. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Home studio gear to help scratch your musical itch," 5 Feb. 2020 But with lithium-ion batteries ranging up to 60 volts and five amp-hours of run time, cordless chainsaws have come into their own for home use. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Cordless Chainsaw," 8 Apr. 2020 Playback capabilities will be available to those bringing music on a smartphone or memory stick, and drum sets, keyboards, bass and guitar amps will be available on site for the auditions. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GospelFest 2020 at Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum April 10 is holding auditions Saturday," 14 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For anyone who’s wanted to amp up their public speaking skills or try their hand at acting, this is an excellent opportunity to get in front of an audience or a camera. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 2 Aug. 2020 Netflix continues to amp up its streaming anime offerings, and with its next project comes a new venture for gaming studio Ubisoft into the television space. Nick Romano, EW.com, "John Wick writer adapting Splinter Cell video games as Netflix anime series," 30 July 2020 Lokay says this cookbook can help anyone amp up their backyard barbecue skills. Matt Haines, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to grill up a perfectly seared steak," 30 July 2020 Which spices or recipes are inspiring Wisconsin home cooks to amp up meal flavor in new ways during the pandemic? Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Embracing the wider world': Spices sell quickly as coronavirus encourages home cooks," 8 July 2020 Instantly amp up your island style at stores like the Old Naples Surf Shop and C. Orrico, a Lilly Pulitzer signature boutique. Kara Franker, Southern Living, "The Ultimate Travel Guide to Naples, Florida," 6 July 2020 Red jalapeño chiles amp up the flavor in this chile, cilantro, and Meyer lemon salsa. Sunset Magazine, "19 Recipes to Try This July," 3 July 2020 The Trump campaign has ramped up its dog whistles in recent weeks, as well, as the president appears to be using the ongoing unrest to amp up his own base. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "Trump Just Called Black Lives Matter A “Symbol Of Hate,” Further Stoking Division," 2 July 2020 Ruffles and Bows Want to amp up the whimsy even more? Erin Parker, Glamour, "The 28 Best Swimsuits to Shop for Summer 2020," 2 July 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amp. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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