\ 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 outstamp 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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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 Mead’s point was not just that the industry needs to stamp out or standardize jargon, but that doing so will help push citizens, including politicians, to support it. Eric Adams, Wired, "Flying Car Leaders Talk Public Perception at a Secret Summit," 4 Dec. 2019 Egyptian security forces carried out a harsh crackdown in September to stamp out small but rare anti-government protests., "Amnesty: Egypt uses prosecution branch to crush dissent - The Boston Globe," 27 Nov. 2019 One Google employee wrote on Twitter that the company was firing the employees to stamp out internal dissension. Ryan Gallagher, Fortune, "Google Fires 4 Employees for Violating Data Security—But Critics Say It’s Retaliation for Protesting," 26 Nov. 2019 While officials hope that will help stamp out the ongoing outbreaks, some in Katikanonyi worry the disease could come back again. Krista Mahr, Los Angeles Times, "Measles making a deadly comeback across Africa," 20 Oct. 2019 Advocates against steroid abuse are calling on the tech companies to do more to stamp out the sales on their platforms. Cat Zakrzewski, The Denver Post, "Drug dealers are peddling steroids on Facebook and YouTube," 22 Sep. 2019 The University of Maryland School of Medicine has won a $200 million federal grant to develop a vaccine that researchers hope will stamp out the flu, the miserable virus that sickens millions and kills thousands every year. Meredith Cohn,, "University of Maryland wins $200 million grant to develop flu vaccine that will work for years at a time," 20 Sep. 2019 This suggests the People’s Liberation Army Navy is aggressively trying to stamp out emerging problems, and that some of these issues have had quick fixes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China’s First Homemade Aircraft Carrier Is Having Some Problems," 9 Aug. 2019 Barr put his foot into it to stamp out the fire, only to have his shoe get wedged in the basket. Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times, "In 52 years at The Seattle Times, photographer Greg Gilbert has seen it all. But he wants to see more.," 31 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dollar General has said a little under 5% of its sales come from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, as the food-stamp program is formally known. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Dollar General is opening 1,000 new stores next year," 5 Dec. 2019 Tallahassee: State education officials and advocates say about 200,000 students could become ineligible for automatic free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal expected to reduce the number of food-stamp enrollees. USA TODAY, "Eel-powered tree, skateboard safety, red light on herring: News from around our 50 states," 5 Dec. 2019 Our food-stamp program has some bizarre loopholes in it, and the Trump administration is trying to close them. The Editors, National Review, "Trump’s Commonsensical Food-Stamp Rule," 4 Dec. 2019 Taxes on sugary drinks can discourage their consumption, while food-stamp programs could be modified to make fruits and vegetables cheaper. Molly Schnell, The Conversation, "Eliminating food deserts won’t help poorer Americans eat healthier," 2 Dec. 2019 Viewers of The Crown Season 3 will remember the opening scene of Episode 1, which sees Elizabeth view her old and new stamps side by side. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Royal Family Addresses Queen Elizabeth's The Crown Stamp Scene," 27 Nov. 2019 But the family also left their stamp in Lake Mills in the town library, a bank, a dairy equipment manufacturing plant and three mansions that line Mulberry Street and were built by wealthy Fargos in the late 1800s. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stay in the 19th century mansion of a Wells Fargo heir at this Lake Mills bed and breakfast," 22 Nov. 2019 The agency estimates that about 3.1 million people nationwide would lose their food-stamp eligibility if the rule was adopted. Dominic Fracassa,, "SF officials blast federal proposal that could kick millions off food stamps," 24 Sep. 2019 Canadians have made their stamp on South Florida’s culture. Skyler Swisher,, "Canadian snowbirds may stay longer in Florida — and spend more — if they can dodge political gridlock," 23 Sep. 2019

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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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10 Dec 2019

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“Stamp.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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 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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