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

Mrs May has tried to stamp that liberalism out of the party. The Economist, "A quiet revolution in Theresa May’s cabinet," 12 July 2018 Kylian Mbappe hit the winner on match day two in Group C, as Didier Deschamps' side largely overpowered and outclassed the Peruvians, but once again struggled to stamp a commanding authority on the scoreline. SI.com, "Why France's Quality and Experience Means Now is the Time to Stand and Deliver at the World Cup," 22 June 2018 Warren has also been reaching out to the black community in an effort to stamp out the impression, left from the 2016 campaign, that the financial regulatory issues at the core of her life's work are not a central cause of minority communities. Michael Scherer, chicagotribune.com, "With an eye on 2020, Democrats jockey to define their party, and gain an advantage," 12 May 2018 The wax seal stamped on April 13th is the same as the stamp beside Don’t Blame Me in the rep magazine printed in 2017. Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift Superfans Called Her Big April 26 Announcement Months Ago," 13 Apr. 2019 The test marks progress on the state-level quest to stamp out contraband cellphone use, which officials have long said represents the top security threat within their institutions. Meg Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "Cellphone jamming tested at South Carolina state prison," 12 Apr. 2019 Chris Metcalf, publisher of the left-leaning Reasonable People Unite, compares the overnight disappearance of his account to an assault on free speech, rather than the company realizing its oft-reneged upon promise to stamp out fake news. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook's Fake News Problem Isn't Russian Anymore—It's Homegrown," 12 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With Demonia’s glossy patent leather flatform boots, Gaga revisited a style familiar to goth kids and ravers everywhere while putting her own stamp on the look. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Brings Back the Goth Flatform," 31 May 2019 Serving 30 of the state’s 39 counties, the program is a one-stop resource finder that walks uninitiated caregivers through obtaining respite vouchers, help with bills and food-stamp applications. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 More than 80 percent of the farm bill is food-stamp expenditures. William La Jeunesse, Fox News, "Food stamp use drops only slightly as economy soars," 20 Aug. 2018 The highest rates of food-stamp assistance tend to be in the most Democratic areas. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: A poll commissioned by Bush and Biden shows Americans losing confidence in democracy," 26 June 2018 Emerging as a major proponent of restricting SNAP food, Maine Gov. Paul LePage has tried twice in the last two years to prevent food-stamp recipients from being able to buy sugary drinks and candy. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "Attacking people in poverty for buying birthday cakes and other treats with food stamps," 17 June 2018 Pilot Programs The Senate plan boosts funding for pilot programs that study the effectiveness of job-training for food-stamp recipients, but doesn’t change work rules nationwide. Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Food Stamp Work Rules Aren’t in Senate Farm Bill," 8 June 2018 But Moran did not back the growing calls to ban soda from the food-stamp program. Caitlin Dewey, chicagotribune.com, "Soda ad blitzes conspicuously match food stamp schedules, study says," 7 June 2018 That also hurts white Americans who make up the largest share of Medicaid and food-stamp recipients. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Welfare cuts driven more by racial anxiety than conservatives: study," 31 May 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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The first known use of stamp was in the 13th century

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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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