- to excite or energize (usually followed by up): We were so amped up for the game that we forgot to eat.
Origin of amp2
First recorded in 1960–65; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for amped
In a matter of minutes, he gave a shameless, amped up account of his various Hollywood conquests.Why Women Want Hollywood Lothario Wilmer Valderrama
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And to get us amped up—or severely unsettled, whatever—Showtime has released the first official trailer for Season 3.‘Homeland’ Season 3 Trailer: 15 Observations
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The day after the shooting, Aurora amped up security at its six theaters.What’s Next for the Aurora Theater?
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Thus, he has amped up the number of raffles and added celebrities to the mix.Dinners With Anna Wintour for Obama, Donald Trump for Romney: Rise of Raffle Fundraising
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- an ampere
- informal an amplifier
- Australian informal to excite or become excited
See also amp up
- adenosine monophosphate
- Australian Mutual Provident Society
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Word Origin and History for amped
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- Adenosine monophosphate; a mononucleotide found in animal cells and reversibly convertible to ADP and ATP.adenine nucleotide adenylic acid
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- Short for adenosine monophosphate. An organic compound that is composed of adenosine and one phosphate group. It is one of the nucleotides present in DNA and RNA, and is also the fundamental component of ATP and ADP. During certain cellular metabolic processes, AMP forms from ADP when the latter loses a phosphate group, and AMP forms ADP by acquiring a phosphate group. Chemical formula: C10H14N5O7P.
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A typical household's electrical supply includes a total of 120 to 200 amps; a typical house circuit carries 15 to 50 amps.
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