stamp

verb
\ 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

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

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 Experts vary in their opinions, but reaching herd immunity to dramatically limit or stamp out the virus would require between 70% and 90% of the population to be vaccinated or have immunity through infection. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 July 2021 Chief among them is growing doubt in the market that the Fed would allow inflation to stay above 2% for a while before raising rates or making other moves to stamp it out, regardless of its new policy to do just that. Damian J. Troise, Star Tribune, 7 July 2021 Printers place a simple bleaching agent on the wooden blocks and stamp them to achieve this. Anna Logan, House Beautiful, 30 June 2021 This spring the protests reached a feverish pitch, partly with the aid of the Jerusalem police, who, as usual, overreacted and tried to violently stamp them out. David Shulman, The New York Review of Books, 3 June 2021 The fund said Exxon had proposed a deal of sorts, offering Engine No. 1 in January a chance to rubber-stamp and take credit for three candidates Exxon later appointed to the board. Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, 26 May 2021 But getting to 70%, and going higher to more effectively stamp out the virus, is going to take more than clever marketing from the state's public health professionals. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 23 May 2021 Experts say that the only way to stamp out the virus in these regions — and the world — is to rapidly increase vaccinations, which have raced ahead in the United States and Europe while lagging in many other countries around the world. New York Times, 2 June 2021 This $8 pen can stamp on a flawless wing in seconds flat, but that's nothing compared to its endless durability. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 1 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 2021-23 state budget also includes an increase in the price of the Wisconsin waterfowl stamp. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 July 2021 Postal leaders are also moving to increase the price of a first-class stamp from 55 cents to 58 cents, and want to consolidate underused post offices and invest in new delivery vehicles. BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2021 Postal leaders are also moving to increase the price of a first-class stamp from 55 cents to 58 cents, and want to consolidate underused post offices and invest in new delivery vehicles. David Bauder And Anthony Izaguirre, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 Each cup is the drinkable equivalent of a new passport stamp. Leah Koenig, Forbes, 29 June 2021 The Postal Service plans to raise prices on certain mail products - pushing the price of a first-class stamp from 55 to 58 cents - while reducing service standards. Author: Jacob Bogage, Kevin Schaul, Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2021 The Postal Service plans to raise prices on certain mail products — pushing the price of a first-class stamp from 55 to 58 cents — while reducing service standards. Washington Post, 24 June 2021 Where Clarkson’s problem was trying to do too much unsuccessfully, Ingles, on the other hand, just never really made much of a stamp on proceedings. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 June 2021 To be frank, the shape of this stamp isn't going to work on every eye shape out there. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 1 June 2021

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

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13 Jul 2021

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“Stamp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stamp. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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