\ˈstamp; 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



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

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


He stamped his foot in anger. He stamped out of the room. She stamped the bill “paid.”


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 his promises to restore security amid endemic violent crime and to stamp out the country’s rampant political corruption won him support among voters looking for a change. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Corruption, fake news, and WhatsApp: how Bolsonaro won Brazil," 29 Oct. 2018 The court will issue an opinion on that question Thursday in a lawsuit over a California law that requires new models of semi-automatic handguns to stamp identifying information on bullet casings. CBS News, "California Supreme Court to decide bullet casings lawsuit," 28 June 2018 Just because it's stamped with the ubiquitous recycling symbol and a number doesn't mean a company wants to make something from it. Ed Fletcher, sacbee, "Are you making the right recycling decisions? Here's what you need to know | The Sacramento Bee," 19 Mar. 2018 Enough time must be then left for the European Parliament to rubber-stamp the Brexit deal before the March cutoff date. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Now the Hard Part: Getting the Brexit Deal Through Parliament," 19 Nov. 2018 And yet here was his five-million-square-foot car factory, in which massive dies stamped hood after hood after hood. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018 Indeed, the agency, once notorious for its backlog of unprocessed deeds, has faced legal pressure to simply stamp deeds and move them along. Craig R. Mccoy,, "A Philadelphia story: Falsely declared dead, home stolen and no one will help," 29 June 2018 The box holds 28 singles and comes in a light pink color with Kylie foil stamped on the top. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Cosmetics Announced the Arrival of Eyeshadow Singles," 7 Sep. 2018 The shape is taken from an early nineteenth-century pot mold in the Wedgwood archive that includes the dimensions in inches stamped on the side. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "The Best Gifts Vogue Editors Have Given and Received So Far This Summer," 19 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Next month, Shiffa puts its signature sumptuous stamp on the ancient facial tool known as FaSha. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "9 Fall Skin-Care Products For a Filter-Free Glow," 27 Sep. 2018 Lopez Obrador would not be the first new president to put his own stamp on Mexico’s education policy and its historically underperforming public schools. Washington Post, "Top Mexico presidential candidate vows to undo school reform," 24 June 2018 Lopez Obrador would not be the first new president to put his own stamp on Mexico's education policy and its historically underperforming public schools. Christopher Sherman And Sofia Ortega, Fox News, "Top Mexico presidential candidate vows to undo school reform," 24 June 2018 The front office structure isn’t complete, but senior adviser Ed Stefanski, who was hired last month, didn’t waste time in trying to put a stamp on the franchise. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons add wing depth with Khyri Thomas, Bruce Brown," 22 June 2018 Midway through the fourth quarter, the East put the stamp on another All-Star Game win when Owen Holtke hit Austin Watt for a 47-yard touchdown strike on a halfback pass. Adam Baum,, "East rallies late, beats West in Southwest Ohio All-Star football game," 7 June 2018 Speakers hailed her courage, tenacity, empathy and accomplishments that put a stamp on Portland's landscape and broke glass ceilings in Oregon politics. Lynne Terry,, "Hundreds turn out to celebrate late mayor Vera Katz," 28 Jan. 2018 But unlike us plebeians, the model got to come back as an adult and put her own stamp on the iconic toy store, which is reopening at 30 Rockefeller Center on November 16. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Supermodel Gigi Hadid Designed the New FAO Schwarz Soldier Uniforms," 25 Oct. 2018 The Duke even received a commemorative set of stamps for his visit. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Of Course Prince William Made a Dad Joke About Weed While Visiting the Airport," 6 Sep. 2018

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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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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 \
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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