\ ˈstamp How to pronounce stamp (audio) ; transitive sense 2a & intransitive sense 2 are also ˈstämp or ˈstȯmp \
stamped; stamping; stamps

Definition of stamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to pound or crush with a pestle or a heavy instrument
2a(1) : to strike or beat forcibly with the bottom of the foot
(2) : to bring down (the foot) forcibly
b : to extinguish or destroy by or as if by stamping with the foot usually used with out stamp out cancer
3a : impress, imprint stamp "paid" on the bill
b : to attach a stamp to
4 : to cut out, bend, or form with a stamp or die
5a : to provide with a distinctive character stamped with a dreary, institutionalized look— Bernard Taper
b : characterize stamped as honest women— W. M. Thackeray

intransitive verb

2 : to strike the foot forcibly or noisily downward



Definition of stamp (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a device or instrument for stamping
2 : the impression or mark made by stamping or imprinting
3a : a distinctive character, indication, or mark
b : a lasting imprint
4 : the act of stamping
5 : a stamped or printed paper affixed in evidence that a tax has been paid also : postage stamp

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Synonyms & Antonyms for stamp

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of stamp in a Sentence

Verb He stamped his foot in anger. He stamped out of the room. She stamped the bill “paid.” Noun There was a stamp on the letter showing the date when it was received. a stamp left in the mud by some prehistoric beast
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But why not go the extra mile and try to stamp out all infectious diseases? Uvistra Naidoo And Mark Feinberg, CNN, "Covid 19's lessons are key to crushing the world's most brutal infectious disease," 30 Apr. 2021 In contrast is Dixon, a 40-year-old native of New Zealand whose numbers stamp him as the greatest driver of this generation. John Sturbin, Dallas News, "As attention shifts to doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway, can IndyCar grab more momentum nationwide?," 23 Apr. 2021 Some variants are seen as more infectious and deadly, and officials urge residents to get vaccinated in order to stamp out their spread. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Jill Biden, Gay Men’s Chorus, eel fishery: News from around our 50 states," 23 Apr. 2021 Chen was dynamic in easily surpassing two-time Olympic champ Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan in the free skate in Stockholm and stamp himself as the man to beat at next year’s Beijing Olympics., "Nathan Chen wins third straight world men’s figure skating title," 27 Mar. 2021 And Oklahoma State chose orange and black as homage to Princeton — or an attempt to stamp itself as the Ivy Leaguer of the prairie. New York Times, "At This N.C.A.A. Tournament, Orange Is the New Bracket," 19 Mar. 2021 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday extended the lockdown in Auckland, the country’s largest city, for 12 days as authorities try to stamp out the nation’s first outbreak in more than three months., "Cases Climb in New Zealand; China Store Closures: Virus Update," 1 Jan. 2020 Finally, use a circle cutter to stamp out the core of each round. Lizzy Briskin,, "The easiest way to cut a pineapple," 17 Apr. 2021 The city seal, used by the City Clerk to stamp official documents, also does not contain the image of the noose. al, "California city nicknamed ‘Old Hangtown’ removes noose from logo," 14 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun She's accused of using the business's signature stamp to pay off her personal credit cards and covering her tracks in the accounting database by indicating that the extra checks were for vendors, according to court documents. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Feds: Sardinia mayor embezzled $700K from Clermont County business," 29 Apr. 2021 The latest nominations announced by the White House Friday, continue to put Biden’s stamp on the Defense Department. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "An anxious time in Afghanistan as US withdrawal begins," 26 Apr. 2021 Fukuoka, for instance, is doing away with the traditional hanko stamp required on official Japanese documents, so that forms can go digital. World Economic Forum, Forbes, "Japan’s Smart City Initiatives Will Play Key Role In Its Digitization And Economic Revival," 5 Apr. 2021 Don't worry — if any distillery on the list is closed due to COVID-19 at the time of your visit, the stamp won't be required on your passport for completion. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "From distilleries to huge expansions, here's what's new on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail," 5 Apr. 2021 Tuesday’s overhaul of Hong Kong’s legislature has been expected, with China’s rubber-stamp national parliament voting in mid-March to make these amendments to Hong Kong’s Basic Law. Washington Post, "China cuts number of elected legislators in Hong Kong, delays election," 30 Mar. 2021 Here's to hoping this new milkshake gets SLC's stamp of approval and the flavor debuts in our nook of the country. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Chick-fil-A Is Testing a Butterscotch Crumble Milkshake," 24 Mar. 2021 The brand also make labels for bags, lunch boxes and water bottles as well as a clever and easy little clothing stamp that lasts for up to 40 washes. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "Fun, smart outdoor-themed products to reignite kids’ wanderlust," 15 Mar. 2021 All spring turkey hunters must possess a valid spring turkey license, a 2021 wild turkey stamp and a valid turkey harvest authorization. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Leftover Wisconsin spring turkey permit sales begin Monday," 14 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of stamp


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stamp


Middle English; akin to Old High German stampfōn to stamp and perhaps to Greek stembein to shake up

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2 May 2021

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“Stamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to bring (your foot) down heavily and noisily
: to walk heavily and noisily
: to use a special device (called a stamp) to put a design, word, etc., on something : to create a mark by pressing a special tool against a surface



English Language Learners Definition of stamp (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small piece of paper that you buy and then stick to an envelope or package to pay the cost of mailing it
: a small piece of paper that is attached to something and that shows that a tax or fee has been paid
: a device or tool that is used to mark something (such as a piece of paper) with a design, pattern, word, etc., by being pushed against a surface : a device or tool used for stamping something


\ ˈstamp How to pronounce stamp (audio) \
stamped; stamping

Kids Definition of stamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to bring the foot down hard and with noise They all laughed and stamped and clapped their hands …— J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
2 : to put an end to by or as if by hitting with the bottom of the foot We stamped out the fire. The mayor promised to stamp out crime.
3 : to mark or cut out with a tool or device having a design The bill was stamped paid. The mint stamps coins.
4 : to attach a postage stamp to
5 : characterize sense 1 Their acts stamped them as cowards.



Kids Definition of stamp (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a small piece of paper or a mark attached to something to show that a tax or fee has been paid a postage stamp
2 : a device or instrument for marking with a design
3 : the mark made by stamping
4 : a sign of a special quality the stamp of genius She gave the idea her stamp of approval.
5 : the act of bringing the foot down hard



Legal Definition of stamp

: an official mark or seal set on something (as a deed) chargeable with a government or state duty or tax or on papers requiring execution under certain conditions to signify that the duty or tax has been paid or the condition fulfilled especially : revenue stamp

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