\ 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

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


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

From black cat Bubble Bars for Halloween to snowflake-stamped Bath Bombs just in time for the holidays, Lush always seems to do the most in the line of seasonal festivities. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Lush to Release Emoji-Themed Bath Bomb Collection for Valentine's Day 2019," 5 Jan. 2019 Advancements in metallurgy have given carmakers specific blends of high-strength steel that are easy to stamp and weld, resistant to corrosion, fire, or impact, and weigh less while retaining their strength. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "10 Innovations That Made the Modern Car," 4 Dec. 2018 For Russia and Iran, recapturing Idlib would deal a decisive defeat to the opposition and stamp out the last remains of the rebellion against Assad that began in 2011. Zeina Karam, Fox News, "Q&A: Idlib battle a climactic end to Syria rebellion?," 13 Sep. 2018 The grab bar in front of the passenger seat is a nice tribute to the Wrangler, as are the miniature grille and the headlights stamped into the speaker surrounds. Car and Driver, "2018 Jeep Renegade," 7 Mar. 2018 Kids will create their own customized charms using hammers and stamping stools, adding color to metal for a personal touch. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "What to do with the kids this weekend: Curious George, train rides, action show," 17 Jan. 2018 From tracing the pattern to stamping the logo to lacing up, watch as their leather Winter Gommino hightops are built by an artisan bootmaker above, then shop for a pair of your own below. India-jewel Jackson, Esquire, "The Anatomy of a Perfect Italian Leather Boot," 29 Sep. 2017 But his promises to restore security amid endemic violent crime and to stamp out the country’s rampant political corruption won him support among voters looking for a change. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Corruption, fake news, and WhatsApp: how Bolsonaro won Brazil," 29 Oct. 2018 The court will issue an opinion on that question Thursday in a lawsuit over a California law that requires new models of semi-automatic handguns to stamp identifying information on bullet casings. CBS News, "California Supreme Court to decide bullet casings lawsuit," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In private conversations with Daschle and in Democratic caucuses, Kennedy has pressed a plan to prevent President Bush from putting his ideological stamp on the Federal bench. Fox News, "Levin: Democrats and the judicial confirmation process," 24 Sep. 2018 And yesterday in Amman while launching an education platform for Her Majesty’s Edraak initiative, Queen Rania put her royal stamp on the directional color. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Queen Rania of Jordan Steps Out in Next Spring’s Signature Shade," 18 Sep. 2018 Aside from his own work, he's put his stamp on songs for T.I., Jill Scott, Chris Brown, Maroon 5, Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo and more. Billboard, "David Banner Gets Candid About Hip-Hop's Instability and the Controversy Surrounding the 'N-Word'," 29 June 2018 Many of the nation’s leading collections of Americana bear his stamp. Andy Newman, New York Times, "William Reese, Leading Seller of Rare Books, Is Dead at 62," 15 June 2018 The White House even put its official stamp of approval on that, according to the New York Times. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "2026 World Cup: United States, Mexico, Canada win bid to host," 13 June 2018 The Metropolitan and Economic Development Committee gave its stamp of approval to the Virginia Avenue EID, but passed the Downtown EID to the council without a recommendation. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Downtown Indianapolis moves closer to new tax for beautification, public safety," 11 June 2018 Indonesia’s new central bank governor is putting his stamp of authority on his role, calling an early policy meeting for Wednesday and setting the stage for a second interest rate increase in two weeks to stem a rout in the currency. Viriya Singgih,, "New Bank Indonesia Governor Is Wasting No Time on Rate Hikes," 28 May 2018 Amazon; Annapurna; Marvel The 2019 Golden Globe nominations are the usual mix of wild, outside-the-box thinking and stubborn attempt to rubber-stamp Oscar frontrunners. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "3 winners and 2 losers from the 2019 Golden Globes nominations," 6 Dec. 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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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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