\ 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The case, 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, pits the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment against legislative efforts to stamp out discrimination against minority groups, particularly the LGBTQ community. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 15 Sep. 2022 Chengdu and other cities across China have ordered measures like postponing the start of school and shutting down businesses to try to stamp out stubborn outbreaks in recent days. Alexandra Stevenson,, 1 Sep. 2022 Since then, efforts to stamp out Tiananmen commemorations have only accelerated. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 4 June 2022 This doesn’t mean that all efforts to stamp out bad behavior, harassment, abuse and misinformation are fruitless. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2021 And while experts say a second insurrection at the Capitol is unlikely, the threats to local and state officials could be harder to stamp out. Bytal Axelrod, ABC News, 6 Sep. 2022 Insider reported Wednesday that audio industry titans Universal Music Group and Sony Music are increasingly trying to stamp out song copyright infringements by influencers and corporations using TikTok. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 18 Aug. 2022 Bartok had been jettisoned in favor of a less cartoonish plot involving former revolutionaries trying to stamp out the last of the Romanov dynasty. Christopher Wallenberg,, 11 Aug. 2022 Shanghai, which accounts for almost 4% of China’s GDP, has been battling to stamp out a simmering outbreak with case numbers above 10 a day since May 7. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun British Prime Minister Liz Truss took office less than two weeks ago, impatient to set her stamp on government and facing an overflowing inbox of crises: soaring inflation, a plummeting national currency and skyrocketing energy bills. Jill Lawless, ajc, 17 Sep. 2022 After the state gives its stamp of approval, the county then issues voter information cards. Tim Craig And Lori Rozsa, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2022 The bearded, cigar-smoking Mr. Kohler put his distinctive and sometimes whimsical stamp on the company, based in Kohler, Wis., about 60 miles north of Milwaukee. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 After the state gives its stamp of approval, the county then issues voter information cards. Lori Rozsa, Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2022 And now, the It-girls of fashion are leaning into ultra-feminine aesthetic for the fall season, with Bella Hadid putting her retro-stamp of approval on the style. Seventeen, 25 Aug. 2022 For that reason, pay attention to the undertone of your blue cabinet paint color and compare it to the finishes and fixtures in your kitchen before giving your final stamp of approval. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Aug. 2022 What’s more, fellow co-host Kelly Ripa has also given Aubrey her stamp of approval. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 11 Aug. 2022 This on-sale flowy dress that Kate Upton has given her stamp of approval to. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 9 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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