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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to serving audiophiles who want to add Sonos to their high-end equipment rather than use the Sonos amps and speakers, the Port, like the Connect, is an ideal match for a record player. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The Sonos One SL trades voice control for a price cut," 5 Sep. 2019 Our Adam Patrick Murray reviews both the amp and the Bluetooth headphones to discuss which one is right for your situation. Pcworld Staff, PCWorld, "PCWorld's August Digital Magazine: Ryzen 3000," 14 Aug. 2019 For recording sessions, Johnson often played a Telecaster, Strat or orange Gretsch 6120 guitar through a Fender Vibrolux amp. Matt Wake |, al, "Swampers guitarist Jimmy Johnson has died," 5 Sep. 2019 Set the car charger to no more than 20 amps, then connect the charger to the terminals on the dead battery. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Jumpstart a Dead Tool Battery," 6 July 2019 Swap out shades for a colorful pop, amp up the traditional style with a classic fabric, or embrace cool, minimalist white. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "Classic Pieces Every Room in Your Home Needs," 3 July 2019 The single nod to Pride was a small rainbow flag that dangled limply from an amp on the stage. Aaron Hicklin, New York Times, "Lester Holt, NBC News Anchor, Moonlights as a Rocker," 27 July 2019 Juno has passed over both of Jupiter's polar regions every 53 days, according to the study's abstract, and found that direct current was approximately 50 million amps, not as high as theoretical models would suggest, according to Live Science. Fox News, "Mysterious alternating currents found on Jupiter," 17 July 2019 These pre-amps are connected at the antenna and send the signal down the line for longer distances. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Splitting your antenna to feed multiple TVs might require an amplifier," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The hotel even amped up internet speeds to accommodate teams visiting the neighboring esports stadium. Dallas News, "'A resort in the middle of Arlington': Live! by Loews Hotel is ready for its debut," 22 Aug. 2019 On Friday and Saturday nights, the scene will amp up with the help of live DJs and bottle service. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Downtown San Diego cinema now comes with a rooftop bar — and sushi," 22 Aug. 2019 But Colorado’s severance tax structure amps up the volatility even more. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Colorado severance tax collections expected to drop sharply, even though a bust is nowhere in sight," 18 Aug. 2019 Then the Rays really amped it up with shortstop Willy Adames making a great throw across his body to catch speedster Mallex Smith at first in the sixth inning on a play that was reversed by replay. Chris Talbott,, "Ryan Yarbrough shines as Rays finish sweep in Seattle with 1-0 victory," 11 Aug. 2019 To amp up the cool, trade in the standard, long-sleeved button-down for a more daring version. Town & Country, "How to Wear a Classic White Button-Down Shirt for Any Occasion," 3 Sep. 2019 Spencer Morrow, who plays chimneysweep Bert, also uses a harness to amp up his frolics on the rooftops of London. Matthew J. Palm,, "How St. Luke’s puts the magic in ‘Mary Poppins’," 13 Aug. 2019 To amp the scenery even further, the property is surrounded by a bird sanctuary. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "The world’s best waterfront restaurants promise more than a view," 23 July 2019 If the Amber Alert was fake, too, that would be worst of all, amping our sense of real-world danger in service of a play that in no way needs that kind of aid. New York Times, "The Cell, the Spell and the Mystery of ‘Sea Wall/A Life’," 27 Aug. 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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