stamp

verb
\ ˈstamp How to pronounce stamp (audio) ; senses vt 2a & vi 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

stamp

noun

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

Noun

stampless adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for stamp

Synonyms: Verb

barge, clump, flog [British], flounder, galumph, lumber, lump, plod, pound, scuff, scuffle, shamble, shuffle, slog, slough, stomp, stumble, stump, tramp, tromp, trudge

Synonyms: Noun

impress, impression, imprint, print

Antonyms: Verb

breeze, coast, glide, slide, waltz, whisk

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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 good news is that the duo seem more in love than ever, and Jamie spent much of this episode trying to find a silversmith to stamp Claire's name on his mother's candlesticks as a gift. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 6 Biggest Reveals from 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 5," 3 Dec. 2018 Is there to be a monopoly of knowledge; are the products of all English brains to be stamped like broadcloth and woolpacks? Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 Two of the ornaments are stamped with the year, making them a commemorative present for couples who have just gotten engaged, married, or welcomed a baby. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Turned Her Farmhouse Into the Christmas Ornament Every 'Fixer Upper' Fan Needs," 26 Nov. 2018 A few minutes earlier, as he was pulled to his feet by Layun, Neymar reached his foot behind him and tried to stamp on the Mexican. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "For all his talent, Neymar is an embarrassment to soccer," 2 July 2018 Also keep an eye out for the date of manufacture stamped on the device. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Need to Check Your Smoke Detectors During Daylight Saving," 2 Nov. 2018 Just notice when stamping a messy sensation out feels stifling and practicing letting just a little bit more of it live. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes September 10-16," 10 Sep. 2016 Thanks to advancements in staining and stamping, your concrete doesn't even have to look like concrete—it can even be stained brown and stamped to look like wood. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Is How Much An Average Concrete Project Will Cost You," 25 Jan. 2019 Heuser’s image featured prominently on Sayoc’s van; the rest of it was covered in slogans attesting to Trump’s greatness, as well as images of Democratic figures with cross-hairs stamped over their faces. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "That Trump tank meme on Cesar Sayoc’s van was made as a joke, creator says," 26 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Watching Joanna work her magic on homes is obviously inspiring, but there’s nothing quite like seeing her put her stamp on something that’s personal to her family. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Are Chip and Joanna Gaines Secretly Filming for Their New TV Network? An Investigation," 12 Mar. 2019 In Britain, the national anthem would be altered to 'God Save The King,' and new stamps, banknotes and coins would be issued with an image of the male monarch. Katie Frost, Town & Country, "What Will Happen When Queen Elizabeth II Dies?," 25 Mar. 2019 Chinese leaders are advertising their hopes for an economic stimulus plan to emerge from the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress and the National People’s Congress, confabs that rubber-stamp decisions made by President... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Xi’s Economy Needs Trump’s Help," 8 Mar. 2019 An Amal-Meghan stamp of approval certainly does give a trip to the vintage store extra appeal, though. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Amal Clooney and Meghan Markle Go to the Same Vintage Dealer," 13 Mar. 2019 Some solutions have already been launched, like camera apps that stamp pictures with geocodes to verify when and where they were taken, for example. James Vincent, The Verge, "These faces show how far AI image generation has advanced in just four years," 17 Dec. 2018 And that means everything from tuna to stamps to cigarettes has its own unique value in a trade and barter market. Alexandra Cardinale, Vox, "Why ramen is so valuable in prison," 14 Nov. 2018 Guards would have powers to check ID papers and stamp travel documents, detain people crossing borders without authorization and help deport those refused entry. Fox News, "EU leaders to tackle Brexit, migration failures at summit," 18 Sep. 2018 My signature design stamp is a room or hallway done in horizontal stripes. Heidi Mitchell, House Beautiful, "This Lake Michigan House Was Built With Summertime In Mind," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of stamp

Verb

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stamp

Verb

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

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stamp

verb

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

stamp

noun

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

stamp

verb
\ 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.

stamp

noun

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

stamp

noun

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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