When you stamp, you step hard, either on the ground or on some object. If you're terrified of bugs, you might be tempted to stamp on a big, weird looking beetle.

You can stamp your foot when you're angry, or stamp out a small campfire after you've finished toasting marshmallows. Another way to stamp is to apply a mark or pattern to something — you might stamp your classmates' hands with ink as they enter the school dance, or stamp your return address onto an envelope. Stamp comes from Middle English, with a Germanic root — it's closely related to the German word stampfen, or "stamp with the foot."

Definitions of stamp
  1. verb
    walk heavily
    synonyms: stomp, stump
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    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  2. verb
    destroy or extinguish as if by stamping with the foot
    Stamp fascism into submission”
    stamp out tyranny”
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    extinguish, snuff out
    put an end to; kill
  3. verb
    crush or grind with a heavy instrument
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    crush, mash, squash, squeeze, squelch
    compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
  4. noun
    machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores
    synonyms: pestle
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    any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
  5. verb
    to mark, or produce an imprint in or on something
    “a man whose name is permanently stamped on our maps”
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    date, date stamp
    stamp with a date
    handstamp, rubberstamp
    stamp with a rubber stamp, usually an indication of official approval on a document
    frank, postmark
    stamp with a postmark to indicate date and time of mailing
    type of:
    impress, imprint
    mark or stamp with or as if with pressure
  6. verb
    raise in a relief
    synonyms: boss, emboss
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    stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block
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    impress, imprint
    mark or stamp with or as if with pressure
  7. noun
    a block or die used to imprint a mark or design
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    a device used for shaping metal
  8. noun
    a device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents
    synonyms: seal
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    the round leaden seal affixed to a papal bull
    a seal on a letter
    great seal
    the principal seal of a government, symbolizing authority or sovereignty
    handstamp, rubber stamp
    a stamp (usually made of rubber) for imprinting a mark or design by hand
    a seal (especially one used to mark documents officially)
    type of:
    any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)
  9. noun
    a symbol that is the result of printing or engraving
    “he put his stamp on the envelope”
    synonyms: impression
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    embossment, imprint
    an impression produced by pressure or printing
    a stamp affixed to a document (as to attest to its authenticity or to seal it)
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    an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
  10. noun
    a type or class
    “more men of his stamp are needed”
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    category, class, family
    a collection of things sharing a common attribute
  11. noun
    the distinctive form in which a thing is made
    synonyms: cast, mold, mould
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    a three-dimensional shape
  12. verb
    reveal clearly as having a certain character
    “His playing stamps him as a Romantic”
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    characterise, characterize, qualify
    describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of
  13. verb
    treat or classify according to a mental stereotype
    synonyms: pigeonhole, stereotype
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    assort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out
    arrange or order by classes or categories
  14. noun
    a small adhesive token stuck on a letter or package to indicate that that postal fees have been paid
    synonyms: postage, postage stamp
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    item, token
    an individual instance of a type of symbol
  15. noun
    a small piece of adhesive paper that is put on an object to show that a government tax has been paid
    synonyms: revenue stamp
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    piece of paper, sheet, sheet of paper
    paper used for writing or printing
  16. noun
    something that can be used as an official medium of payment
    synonyms: legal tender, tender
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    food stamp
    a government-issued stamp that can be used in exchange for food
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    medium of exchange, monetary system
    anything that is generally accepted as a standard of value and a measure of wealth in a particular country or region
  17. verb
    affix a stamp to
    “Are the letters properly stamped?”
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    stamp with a meter indicating the postage
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    affix, stick on
    attach to
  18. verb
    form or cut out with a mold, form, or die
    stamp needles”
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    type of:
    forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work
    make something, usually for a specific function
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