amp

noun (1)
\ ˈamp \

Definition of amp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

amp

verb
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

AMP

noun (2)
\ ˌā-ˌem-ˈpē \

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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This weighted version amps up the already-challenging exercise. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "7 Last-Minute Fitness Gifts You Can Order From Target to Still Arrive by Christmas," 20 Dec. 2018 This includes virtual instruments like Syntronik, plug-ins like virtual amp AmpliTube, and a range of iOS apps. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "The best Black Friday deals for DJs and electronic musicians," 21 Nov. 2018 In terms of charging power, the Eclipse auto-detects your device's input to charge at as high a speed possible (maxing out at 7.8 amp). Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Is The Most Stylish Way To Store Your Chargers," 24 Oct. 2018 For a similar waterproof amp-up at a drugstore price, try Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara, or Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Mascara... Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Pinterest's Most Popular Mascara is Lancôme Monsieur Big," 10 Aug. 2018 Of those, three ports feature Anker’s PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies to charge devices faster (up to 2.4 amps per port). Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "The Anker PowerPort 6 Lite 6-port USB hub is $12 today, a savings of $8," 14 Nov. 2018 There was a step-and-repeat with W Hollywood logos, amps, and microphones in the hotel bar area waiting for their debut the following day, and the entire lobby had that hushed hustle a room gets when something is about to go down. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "This Is What Actually Goes Down at a Fitness Festival," 27 Oct. 2018 In 2017, the amp acts included Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Simon, the Outlaw Music Festival with Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan, and two nights with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As Summerfest in Milwaukee gets older, the 51-year-old festival is feeling younger," 26 June 2018 The equipment included drums, guitar amps, keys, microphones and mixers. Max Londberg, kansascity, "$100K worth of musical equipment stolen in JoCo belongs to band with 4th of July gig," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Drag Race season 10 winner Aquaria, Bebe Rexha, Paris Jackson—was amped, and the space mimicked Broadway’s glittering marquees and neon lights. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Aquaria, Marc Jacobs, Yolanda Hadid, and More Sparkled at the Moschino x H&M Runway Show and Party," 25 Oct. 2018 Her red makeup is amped up, with Bella again wearing Dior Rouge 999 lipstick. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Stars in Dior’s Halloween-Inspired Short Film," 18 Oct. 2018 She's amped up her political activism in the 18 months since Trump was elected, coming out against Steve Bannon and many of Trump's policies and lending a hand in local Democratic races. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Why This Photo of Alyssa Milano and Brett Kavanaugh Is Going Viral," 28 Sep. 2018 Ross-Ade Stadium should be amped up for a Thursday night season opener on national TV. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking Indiana's top 50 college football games in 2018," 11 July 2018 Just add modern gold earrings and leopard-print kitten-heel mules to amp up the glamour. Vogue, "5 Activewear Pieces That Will Revolutionize Your Fall Dressing Game," 14 Nov. 2018 In the update rolling out to phones, Google is adding sliders, buttons, pictures, and other visual elements to amp up the Assistant experience. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google preps for Pixel 3, smart display launch with a visual Assistant makeover," 3 Oct. 2018 Step 2: Treatment For dry skin, there are a number of ways to soothe parched complexions (i.e. amping up your antioxidant intake and reducing the number of acids in your routine). Allison Duncan, Allure, "How to Tell If Your Skin Is Dry or Dehydrated, According to Experts," 22 Aug. 2018 Getty ImagesSamir Hussein Of course, there is the possibility that Villa Del Mare is a decoy destination—especially as Harry and Meghan have recently amped up their privacy attempts, but this definitely doesn't sound like a bad option. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New Sydney Home Is Breathtaking," 15 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of amp

Noun (1)

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

AMP

noun
\ ˌā-ˌem-ˈpē \

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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