\ 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 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

Other Words from stamp


stampless adjective

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Beyond their functional importance, these spaces can and should reflect the personality of the surrounding neighborhoods, allowing teams to stamp them with their own identity. Andy Cohen, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Bowman won the third race of the season in Las Vegas, has six top-10 finishes and has followed up a career-best four wins in 2021 with the type of effort that should stamp him in the championship picture. Mark Heim |, al, 1 May 2022 Battles for drug turf among the Bridgeport gangs has resulted both in remarkable violence and concerted effort by law enforcement to stamp it out. Edmund H. Mahony,, 9 Mar. 2022 Still, higher inflation now has the Federal Reserve in inflation-fighting mode to stamp it out. Christine Romans, CNN, 28 Jan. 2022 For decades the primary approach to containing and extinguishing forest fires was to try to stamp them out. Matthew Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Jan. 2022 In recent weeks, dozens of mainland Chinese cities have been locked down as authorities work to stamp out the coronavirus. Sahar Akbarzai And Michelle Toh, CNN, 24 May 2022 His time in office prior to the war was marked by criticism about his inability to stamp out corruption and end the war with pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s east. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 12 May 2022 Universities need to stamp out and condemn extracurricular organizations’ efforts to brainwash undergraduates. Aron Ravin, National Review, 3 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The warning stamp on the west side pavement was about three steps away from the Amtrak tracks — and there was no physical barrier. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Jan. 2022 In a media advisory, USPS noted that the stamp is a part of the agency's Black Heritage series. Natasha Dado,, 24 Jan. 2022 The stamp is the 45th in the USPS' Black Heritage series honoring individual Black Americans. Eric Levenson, CNN, 23 Jan. 2022 The stamp is the 45th installment of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, according to a press release. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Jan. 2022 The notary stamp and notary signature were also fake, Mr. Winker said. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, 28 Dec. 2021 On one side was the stamp of the handgun’s unique serial number: YZC020. Rosemary Sobol,, 21 Sep. 2021 The stamp is the 33rd in the Postal Service’s Literary Arts series. oregonlive, 27 July 2021 The stamp itself is a cylindrical tube with a rounded sponge applicator, infused with pigment that's available in seven blonde and brown shades. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 15 July 2021 See More

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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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\ 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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