\ˈstamp; 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



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


stampless adjective

Examples of stamp in a Sentence


He stamped his foot in anger. He stamped out of the room. She stamped the bill “paid.”


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

In June, Chrisely's father, and Chrisley Knows Best patriarch, Todd Chrisley, officially gave his stamped of approval for his daughter's boyfriend. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "Savannah Chrisley Stars in Emotional Country Music Video With Boyfriend Nic Kerdiles," 10 July 2018 Early Switzerland has had the better of the early touches, but both sides are far from stamping any authority on the match yet. The Associated Press, New York Times, "Sweden Makes World Cup Quarterfinals for First Time Since 1994," 5 July 2018 In his ruling, the judge chastised Trump's administration for rubber-stamping the new rules without considering how many people would lose their health coverage. NBC News, "Nearly 500,000 in Kentucky losing vision, dental coverage following Medicaid ruling," 2 July 2018 At first glance, this electronic device looks exactly like a traditional, stamped metal license plate. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Would you pay $700, plus a monthly fee, for a digital license plate?," 2 July 2018 Macnow’s wager actually was printed six seconds after the first play: Tom Barton has $20 on the Yankees to win the World Series on a ticket that was stamped 13:30.01. Ed Barkowitz,, "You bettor believe it: Delaware is open for sports betting," 5 June 2018 Records are scant, and the pieces weren’t numbered, let alone consistently stamped, which has opened the door to counterfeiting. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "The Family That Has Elevated Everyday Items to Art," 29 May 2018 The display is laden with symbolism as the government moves to stamp out the last of the uprising against the 52-year-old Assad who has ruled with an iron fist over Syria for 18 years. Washington Post, "Syrian government raises its flag over cradle of 2011 revolt," 12 July 2018 The Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes, another NGO, is working with Mumbai’s public hospitals to stamp out the use of the test. The Economist, "Victims of rape in South Asia face further violation from the courts," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The kids used large stamps, with sun and flower designs, to make their marks on the canvas. Caitlin Granfield, miamiherald, "Zot Artz helps kids of all abilities create art on a massive scale at Frost FIU museum | Miami Herald," 26 Mar. 2018 But a whole serious sector, which can put the stamp of approval on what’s real and what’s not. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Recode Decode," 21 Mar. 2018 And while dethroning platinum blonde as the hair color of the moment is no small coup—the head-turning hue has left its stamp on pop culture throughout history. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Redheads of All Time: From Julia Roberts to Rihanna," 2 Apr. 2018 At the moment, an insider seems a less likely choice for a new board majority that wants to leave a bold stamp on the nation's second-largest school system. Howard Blume,, "So who could be the next Los Angeles schools superintendent?," 2 Apr. 2018 Evidently, his bet paid off—putting Bochco’s stamp on what had become a stagnant genre of procedural television once more. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Even in Horrendous Failure, Steven Bochco Succeeded—and Cop Rock Is Proof," 2 Apr. 2018 Normal, everyday, happens-to-everybody kind of stuff can end up leaving a forever stamp on my medium-tannish skin. Simone Kitchens, Glamour, "The Brown Girl’s Guide to Brown Spots," 14 Mar. 2018 Another new Pony Baseball rule for 2018 is that all bats must have a USABat licensing stamp on it in order to be used for league and tournament play. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park Pony Baseball set for 3 Saturday sign-up dates," 9 Jan. 2018 Parts bear the stamp of the Shahid Bagheri Industrial Group, an Iranian firm that is blacklisted by the UN. The Economist, "Insecurity complexGulf states fear being encircled by Iran and abandoned by America," 21 June 2018

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

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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 \
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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