to strike or beat with a forcible, downward thrust of the foot.
to bring (the foot) down forcibly or smartly on the ground, floor, etc.
to extinguish, crush, etc., by striking with a forcible downward thrust of the foot (followed by out): to stamp out a fire.
to suppress or quell (a rebellion, uprising, etc.) quickly through the use of overwhelming force (usually followed by out).
to crush or pound with or as with a pestle.
to impress with a particular mark or device, as to indicate genuineness, approval, or ownership: to stamp a document with a seal.
to mark or impress with a design, word, mark, etc.: Age stamped his face with lines.
to impress (a design, word, mark, etc.) on: to stamp one's initials on a document.
to affix a postage stamp to (a letter, envelope, etc.).
to characterize, distinguish, or reveal: His ingenuity with words stamped him as a potential poet.
to bring the foot down forcibly or smartly, as in crushing something, expressing rage, etc.
to walk with forcible or heavy, resounding steps: He stamped out of the room in anger.
a postage stamp.
an act or instance of stamping.
a die or block for impressing or imprinting.
a design or legend made with such a die or block.
an official mark indicating genuineness, validity, etc., or payment of a duty or charge.
a peculiar or distinctive impression or mark: a great man who left his stamp on legal procedure.
character, kind, or type: a woman of serious stamp.
an official seal or device appearing on a business or legal document to show that a tax has been paid.
Also called local, local stamp. such a device, often similar to a postage stamp issued by a private organization to show that the charges for mail carrying have been paid.
an instrument for stamping, crushing, or pounding.
a heavy piece of iron or the like, as in a stamp mill, for crushing ore or other material.
- stamp·a·ble, adjective
- stampless, adjective
- mis·stamp, verb (used with object)
- non·stamp·a·ble, adjective
- pre·stamp, noun, verb (used with object)
- re·stamp, verb
- su·per·stamp, noun, verb (used with object)
- un·der·stamp, noun
- un·der·stamp, verb (used with object)
- un·stamped, adjective
- stamp , stomp
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How to use stamp in a sentence
The user fee on duck stamps goes exclusively to funding federal acquisition of wetlands as wildlife habitat.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive | Ben Jacobs | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Federal Duck stamp Act raised the fee on stamps needed to hunt waterfowl on federal land from $15 to $25.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive | Ben Jacobs | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As a matter of dollars and cents, America in the short term may be able to afford disability and food stamps.Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior? | Lloyd Green | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I saw Ed [Droste] at the government center getting food stamps,” adds Malone.Revenge of the Rock Nerds: TV on the Radio’s Long Road to ‘Seeds’ | Marlow Stern | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Along with Obamacare, Medicaid has been expanded by design, and food stamps have grown to record levels.With Immigration Move, Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again | Lloyd Green | November 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He hesitated, and his glance fell on a collection of foreign stamps exposed in the window.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
He entered the shop and emerged, not with caporal and cigarette-papers, but with the twelve Honduras stamps.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
The stamps, in remote districts, would frequently require more in postage to obtain than the value of the tax.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
Suddenly she stamps one little foot savagely under the table, and, clenching her jeweled hands, breathes heavily.The Real Latin Quarter | F. Berkeley Smith
Our descent, by the laws of the country, stamps us with inferiority—upon us has this law worked corruption of blood.
British Dictionary definitions for stamp
(when intr , often foll by on) to bring (the foot) down heavily (on the ground, etc)
(intr) to walk with heavy or noisy footsteps
(intr foll by on) to repress, extinguish, or eradicate: he stamped on any criticism
(tr) to impress or mark (a particular device or sign) on (something)
to mark (something) with an official impress, seal, or device: to stamp a passport
(tr) to fix or impress permanently: the date was stamped on her memory
(tr) to affix a postage stamp to
(tr) to distinguish or reveal: that behaviour stamps him as a cheat
to pound or crush (ores, etc)
the act or an instance of stamping
See postage stamp
a mark applied to postage stamps for cancellation purposes
a similar piece of gummed paper used for commercial or trading purposes
a block, die, etc, used for imprinting a design or device
a design, device, or mark that has been stamped
a characteristic feature or trait; hallmark: the story had the stamp of authenticity
a piece of gummed paper or other mark applied to official documents to indicate payment of a fee, validity, ownership, etc
British informal a national insurance contribution, formerly recorded by means of a stamp on an official card
type or class: we want to employ men of his stamp
an instrument or machine for crushing or pounding ores, etc, or the pestle in such a device
- See also stamp out
- stamper, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with stamp
In addition to the idiom beginning with stamp
- stamping ground
- stamp out
- rubber stamp
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