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stamp

verb \ ˈstamp ; senses vt 2a & vi 2 are also ˈstämp or ˈstȯmp \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of stamp

transitive verb
1 :to pound or crush with a pestle or a heavy instrument
2 a (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
3 a :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
5 a :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
1 :pound 1
2 :to strike the foot forcibly or noisily downward

Examples of stamp in a Sentence

  1. He stamped his foot in anger.

  2. He stamped out of the room.

  3. She stamped the bill “paid.”

Recent Examples of stamp from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of stamp

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


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stamp

noun

Definition of stamp

1 :a device or instrument for stamping
2 :the impression or mark made by stamping or imprinting
3 a :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

stampless

adjective

Examples of stamp in a Sentence

  1. There was a stamp on the letter showing the date when it was received.

  2. a stamp left in the mud by some prehistoric beast

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First Known Use of stamp

15th century

stamp Synonyms



STAMP Defined for English Language Learners

stamp

verb

Definition of stamp for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of stamp for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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stamp

verb \ ˈstamp \

Definition of stamp for Students

stamped; stamping
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 1
  • Their acts stamped them as cowards.

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stamp

noun

Definition of stamp for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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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