\ 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 outstamp 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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Other Words from stamp


stampless adjective

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 The Dorrits stamp their return to respectability with an ostentatious tour of Italy, but Little Dorrit can’t accept the truth of her liberty. Laurence Scott, The New Yorker, "Charles Dickens, the Writer Who Saw Lockdown Everywhere," 24 Dec. 2020 The trustees at the University of Oregon are expected to rubber-stamp a contract extension for football coach Mario Cristobal sometime today. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks AD Rob Mullens doubles down with Mario Cristobal," 17 Dec. 2020 But since March, when COVID-19 was largely curbed at home, authorities have moved swiftly to stamp out any reappearance, locking down neighborhoods and conducting widespread testing. Ken Moritsugu, The Christian Science Monitor, "A year after COVID appeared in China, normalcy makes a comeback," 16 Dec. 2020 Ordinarily, the process is little more than a formal duty to rubber-stamp the results of the November election. New York Times, "The Electoral College Is Voting Today. Here’s What to Expect.," 13 Dec. 2020 But then, as now, many ordinary people loved the holiday, making Christmas difficult to stamp out. Maria Sachiko Cecire, Smithsonian Magazine, "Christmas Wasn’t Always the Kid-Friendly Gift Extravaganza We Know Today," 23 Dec. 2020 Denmark will dig up millions of dead mink after a hasty cull and burial intended to stamp out a coronavirus mutation ended with the rotting carcasses triggering a new contamination risk. Morten Buttler, Fortune, "Denmark to exhume bodies of COVID-19 infected mink over contamination risk," 21 Dec. 2020 For the past 12 years, Mexico City and Washington have intensified their partnership in a bid to stamp out the burgeoning narcotics trade, strengthening both law enforcement and prosecutorial capabilities. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Mexico passes bill that could set back US partnership in drug war by decades," 16 Dec. 2020 Outside of that brief pause in practices, which the team used to stamp out the outbreak within the program, Auburn has navigated this unusual season in an admirable manner from a health and safety aspect. Tom Green |, al, "Auburn reports 0 new COVID-19 cases ahead of regular-season finale," 8 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That leaves Ehlinger alone to try to put a final stamp on a bizarre season that may or may not be his last in college. Mark Heim |, al, "No. 20 Texas-Colorado live stream (12/29): How to watch Alamo Bowl online, TV, time," 29 Dec. 2020 The number of trout anglers grew by 27% to 122,000 and the DNR's voluntary program asking walleye anglers to purchase a $5 habitat stamp attracted 32,000 buyers, nearly a 50% increase from 2019. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "When so much else slumped in 2020, nature took off," 26 Dec. 2020 She was inducted into both the Blues Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and honored with a U.S. Postal Service commemorative stamp in 1994. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is the Real Ma Rainey From the New Netflix Movie? The True Story Behind the Legend," 26 Dec. 2020 The pin held Poppa’s 1945 hunting and fishing licenses, lettered in a careful hand, and a duck stamp from 1946–47. Natalie Krebs, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: A Hunt with Poppa," 15 Dec. 2020 The addition of Foreman would put a major stamp on that initial promise as would a commitment from five-star prospect Ceyair Wright, a Los Angeles Loyola cornerback who also won’t announce until Jan. 2. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC is looking more like USC in recruiting for its 2021 class," 15 Dec. 2020 Donna puts down her pen, slips the card into an envelope and places a stamp on the corner., "Help support quality local journalism like this.," 10 Dec. 2020 That, more than anything, put the Bee Gees’s stamp on popular culture — and again borrowed heavily, the film notes, from such bands as the Spinners and Stylistics. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "In HBO’s magnificent Bee Gees documentary, broken hearts — and icon status — can finally be mended," 10 Dec. 2020 Those who still want to send a wish list as part of Operation Santa should address their letter to 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888 and include a return address and a stamp. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "'I have not had a good year': Children pen heartbreaking letters to Santa sharing hardships faced during pandemic," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of stamp was in the 13th century

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14 Jan 2021

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“Stamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 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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