\ ˈtamp \
tamped; tamping; tamps

Definition of tamp 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to drive in or down by a succession of light or medium blows tamp wet concrete

2 : to put a check on : reduce, lessen tamp down rumors



Definition of tamp (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tool for tamping

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tamper noun

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There are also non-steroidal creams that work by tamping down on your overactive immune system or suppressing inflammation. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do About Eczema on Your Eyelid," 3 July 2018 This answer will do basically nothing to tamp down theories about secret plots to overturn Roe by Trump and those pulling the strings behind the scenes. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump makes clear Roe v. Wade is on the chopping block," 2 July 2018 In 2014, however, the Obama administration attempted to tamp down the number of Central American families seeking asylum in the US by keeping families in detention and processing and deporting them as quickly as possible. Dara Lind, Vox, "Flores agreement: Trump’s executive order to end family separation might run afoul of a 1997 court ruling," 20 June 2018 This tends to tamp down the worst gerrymandering mischief. Thomas Fitzgerald, Philly.com, "New Jersey primary election 2018: Voters guide," 4 June 2018 Hyman regularly goes to several dispensaries around Weston to try different strains to tamp down his daughter’s episodes. Elizabeth Koh, miamiherald, "Overlooked deadline could stop some medical marijuana processing in Florida," 12 July 2018 Since then, 300 people have been evacuated and the state has spent $3.5 million trying to tamp it down. New York Times, "‘The New Normal’: Wildfires Roar Across the West, Again," 2 July 2018 Foster is more tamped down here than in his other films but, for the most part, his power isn’t dissipated, just contained. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Leave No Trace' shows empathy for those on the fringes of society," 29 June 2018 Seems the state police, maybe in concert with the Bevin administration, had come up with a new rule designed to tamp down protests and make the people's building off limits to those who disagree with their government. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky State Police stomp on inalienable rights of protesters at Capitol," 5 June 2018

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High prices generate a short burst of profits but can undermine economic growth and tamp down demand. Rebecca Elliott And Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, "U.S. Shale Companies Motor Ahead Despite OPEC," 24 June 2018 Congress passed the REAL ID law in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to increase security and tamp down fraud. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Missouri isn’t ready for the switch to REAL ID. That could affect your travel plans," 15 June 2018 The period also included two La Niñas (late 2016, and late 2017 to early 2018), which generally have the opposite effect and tamp down precipitation and temperatures locally. Robert Krier, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cool May breaks San Diego's long warm spell," 1 June 2018 The cells being tested in the trial are intended to both promote anti-inflammatory reactions and tamp down the microglia, ideally halting the ongoing loss of brain volume soon after the injury occurs. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "In a bid to promote stem cell therapies, health officials open a new door for promising contenders," 13 Apr. 2018 The situation has become so alarming that two years ago the National Congress of American Indians—the country’s oldest and largest organization of tribal governments—passed a resolution designed to tamp down smoking rates and save lives. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "The Fight to Keep Tobacco Sacred," 29 Mar. 2018 By late Wednesday afternoon, two Black Hawks were still deployed to Wabaunsee County to help with tamp down that blaze. Fox News, "Firefighters battling wildfires in Kansas, Nebraska," 7 Mar. 2018 The scientists found that the animals with gut bugs from the runners were better able to resist and heal tissue damage and tamp down inflammation than those whose microbes had come from sedentary mice. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Exercise Alters Our Microbiome. Is That One Reason It’s So Good for Us?," 3 Jan. 2018 Bitcoin’s advocates were hopeful that its introduction on Wall Street would legitimize the cryptocurrency as an asset class; a futures exchange was intended to reveal its true price, or at least tamp down its ever-climbing value. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Killer Whales Could Be Controlling the Bitcoin Market," 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of tamp


1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tamp


probably back-formation from obsolete tampion, tampin plug, from Middle English, from Middle French tapon, tampon, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German zapho tap — more at tap entry 3

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English Language Learners Definition of tamp

: to press (something) down by hitting it lightly


\ ˈtamp \
tamped; tamping

Kids Definition of tamp

: to press down or in by hitting lightly She tamped down the soil.

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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