verb (used with object)

to excite or energize (usually followed by up): We were so amped up for the game that we forgot to eat.

Origin of amp

First recorded in 1960–65; by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for amping

Contemporary Examples of amping

  • The Moon makes a poignant link to Pluto in your sign, by Monday, amping intuition of new people and situations.

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    The Stars Predict Your Week

    Starsky + Cox

    October 29, 2011

  • So the Obama people feel that amping up the base is their best play.

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    Obama Plays to the Base

    Michael Tomasky

    September 26, 2011

  • Pluto in your sign will see a near-full Moon pass over it like a magnifying lens, amping its transformative power.

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    What the Stars Hold for Your Week

    Starsky + Cox

    August 6, 2011

  • From New York to Indonesia, these are the regions that are amping up security and bracing for the worst.

  • The pundits largely panned President Obama's first Oval Office address, devoted to amping up his response to the BP oil disaster.

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    The GOP's BP Problem

    Richard Wolffe

    June 17, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for amping



an ampere
informal an amplifier


Australian informal to excite or become excited
See also amp up


abbreviation for

adenosine monophosphate
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Word Origin and History for amping



1886 as an abbreviation of ampere; 1967 as an abbreviation of amplifier.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

amping in Medicine




Adenosine monophosphate; a mononucleotide found in animal cells and reversibly convertible to ADP and ATP.adenine nucleotide adenylic acid
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amping in Science



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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amping in Culture



A unit of electric current (see also current). One ampere corresponds to a certain number of electrons passing a fixed point each second.


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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