\ 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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Remarkably, all of this is occurring after Congress passed a law, just over a year ago, intended to stamp out the problem with a series of new technical and legal remedies. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "You aren’t alone: Why Americans will receive 48 billion robocalls this year," 27 Feb. 2021 This dynamic often served to stamp out dissent within the ranks, which was once seen as a crucial component of fandom. New York Times, "How Pop Music Fandom Became Sports, Politics, Religion and All-Out War," 25 Dec. 2020 Vizcarra was soon clashing with lawmakers himself over his proposals to stamp out graft in the judiciary and politics. John Quigley,, "Why Peru Is Always Just One Step Away from Chaos," 13 Nov. 2020 But cautious governments eager to stamp out the coronavirus are enacting even tighter rules on travelers in hopes of containing more contagious strains of the virus as vaccine distribution ramps up worldwide. Dallas News, "Disjointed restrictions are tripping up a travel recovery — and it may be getting worse," 5 Feb. 2021 That changed after the virus arrived and Ardern led a largely successful effort to stamp it out. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, "New Zealand election: Ardern vs. conservative challenger," 14 Oct. 2020 In China, where the coronavirus originated, health officials are urging Beijing residents not to leave the city during the Lunar New Year holidays as part of a nationwide effort to stamp out the virus. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus updates from the Bay Area: Dec. 24-30," 1 Jan. 2021 In the intervening years, Beijing has destroyed monasteries, exiled the Dalai Lama, and razed towns and villages in an effort to stamp out all things Tibetan. Dina Temple-raston, Washington Post, "Surveillance, reeducation and the Office of Honesty: How China tames its people," 13 Nov. 2020 Fearing persecution under a sweeping new national security law imposed by Beijing to stamp out demonstrations, the group on Aug. 23 took a speedboat from a small fishing village with the aim of reaching Taiwan. Washington Post, "Hong Kong protesters captured at sea are sentenced to prison in China," 30 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What’s more, Sienna Naturals has the Issa Rae stamp of approval—having collaborated with the actress, writer, and producer on a line. Tanisha Pina, Forbes, "27 Black-Owned Beauty Brands To Add To Your Top Shelf," 24 Feb. 2021 Author Julia Quinn has also given her stamp of approval. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Sex Education" Star Simone Ashley Joins "Bridgerton" Season 2 as Anthony’s New Love Interest Kate Sharma," 16 Feb. 2021 Heather’s ex, Billy, shows up to take a family photo and give his stilted stamp of approval. Olivia Crandall, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Finale Recap: Own It and Move On," 3 Feb. 2021 Using a cookie stamp, or the bottom of a drinking glass, gently flatten the balls. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "12 Christmas cookie recipes to spice up your holiday repertoire," 17 Dec. 2020 With the Electoral College giving its archaic but official stamp of approval to Joe Biden, the election is now over--although it’s not over, and may never be over, for a major chunk of the country. Fox News, "Republicans Backing Trump Fraud Claims Even As Biden Wins Electoral College," 15 Dec. 2020 While Kevin Saunderson is one of the original creators of dance music, he's never logged that most prestigious dance world stamp of approval: the Essential Mix. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Kevin Saunderson's First Ever Essential Mix Is Worth the Wait," 15 Sep. 2020 He was recognized by the World Health Organization for his work in the Cook Islands helping stamp out the tropical disease lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, "Former Cook Islands leader dies from virus in New Zealand," 5 Sep. 2020 Like a molecular stamp, imprinting labels which genes are from mom and which are from dad. Corryn Wetzel, National Geographic, "How some animals have ‘virgin births’: Parthenogenesis explained," 25 Aug. 2020

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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 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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