\ 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

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

While her knit shirt and tan croc stamped handbag skewed autumnal, Gomez couldn’t resist finishing her look with a warm-weather staple. Vogue, "Selena Gomez Just Found the Perfect Transitional Sandal—And They’re Under $100 Dollars," 13 Sep. 2019 Politicos of all stripes are styled as saints and stamped onto novelty devotional prayer candles., "What happens when politics is pushed into a pop culture box - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 Politicos of all stripes are styled as saints and stamped onto novelty devotional prayer candles. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "United We Stan," 11 Sep. 2019 Yet Grosz still struggled to convince Americans that Hitler’s cultural clampdown was an obvious precursor to stamping out civil rights first for women, minorities and the press—before finally eradicating them for all Germans. Mary M. Lane, Time, "When This German Artist Tried to Use His Work to Warn About Hitler, the World Ignored Him. It's Time to Listen," 10 Sep. 2019 Some shops are using the mooncakes to show support, stamping protest movement slogans in place of traditional designs. Grace Wong,, "How mooncakes, the ultimate fall pastry, helped me celebrate my Chinese heritage — and where to find them in Chicago," 9 Sep. 2019 On the whole, though, the process of stamping out political difference is monotonous and repetitive. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "A Summer of Unprecedented Brutality in Moscow," 6 Sep. 2019 Mr Modi, claims Praveen Chakravarty, a Congress official, is not really interested in stamping out corruption, nor even in persecuting individual politicians. The Economist, "The Indian government’s anti-corruption campaign revs up," 29 Aug. 2019 My theory is that if a Marvel Studios logo were stamped across Venom or Dark Phoenix, and contained a post-credit scene featuring a MCU connection those films wouldn’t have received nearly as much criticism. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Spider-Man' Divorce Shows Ugly Side of Fandom," 22 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Crosley needed just more than a year to plant his innovative stamp on the Reds. Mark Schmetzer,, "Top games in Cincinnati Reds history No. 15: First night game at Crosley Field," 29 Aug. 2019 Jean Segura followed with a double, which gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead, then Scott Kingery’s brought home Segura, putting a stamp on a three-run first. Julian Mcwilliams,, "Red Sox run into trouble in ninth inning, thrown for a loss by Phillies," 20 Aug. 2019 After putting an indelible stamp on the teen comedy genre with Booksmart, Olivia Wilde is venturing into different territory altogether for her next directorial effort. Tyler Aquilina,, "Olivia Wilde to direct psychological thriller about a 1950s housewife," 31 July 2019 Not too far off the mark, but (dishes) with a different flavor profile, just to put a little bit of a Southern stamp on it. Shauna Stuart |,, "In Founder’s Station, Cayo Coco Rum Bar & Restaurante is a nod to Cuba’s pre-revolution high life," 12 July 2019 Maybe the Chief is trying to ensure the Court isn’t perceived as a rubber-stamp on the Trump Administration after upholding the President’s travel ban last year. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Contradictions of John Roberts," 27 June 2019 Return empty full-size bottles to the store and earn a stamp. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "5 Ways to Recycle Your Makeup," 26 Oct. 2018 The brand, which offers both casual and club-ready trendy pieces, has earned stamps of approval from fellow high-profile icons like Cardi B, Amber Rose and Kendall Jenner. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Iggy Azalea Poses Nude For Fashion Nova Photo Shoot," 13 June 2018 The series has even earned the stamp of approval from Food Network Star’s Ina Garten. Mike Miller,, "Jennifer Garner Turns Herself into a Meme with Self-Deprecating Birthday Post," 17 Apr. 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 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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