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Meaning of “stamp” in the English Dictionary

"stamp" in British English

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stampnoun

uk   us   /stæmp/
  • stamp noun (LETTER)

A2 (formal postage stamp) [C] a ​smallpiece of ​paper with a ​picture or ​pattern on it that is ​stuck onto a ​letter or ​package before it is ​posted, to show that the ​cost of ​sending it has been ​paid: I ​stuck a 50p stamp on the ​envelope.

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  • stamp noun (MARK)

[C] a ​tool for putting a ​mark on an ​object either by ​printing on it or ​pushing into it, or the ​mark made in this way: A ​date stamp inside the ​frontcover of a ​librarybookshows when it should be ​returned.
  • stamp noun (PROOF OF PAYMENT)

UK [C] a ​smallpiece of ​paperworth a ​particularamount of ​money that you can ​buy several of, as a way of ​paying for something over a ​period of ​time: vehiclelicence stamps
  • stamp noun (QUALITY)

[U] a ​particularquality in something or someone, or a ​quality in something that ​shows it was done by a ​particularperson or ​group of ​people: Although this ​paintingclearlybears the stamp ofgenius, we don't ​know who ​painted it. Each ​manager has ​left his or her own stamp on the way the ​company has ​evolved.

stampverb

uk   us   /stæmp/
  • stamp verb (MARK)

B2 [T] to put a ​mark on an ​object either by ​printing on it or ​pushing into it with a ​smalltool: It is ​necessary to stamp ​yourpassport. Every ​carton of ​yogurt is stamped with a sell-by ​date.

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  • stamp verb (MOVE FOOT)

C2 [I or T] (US also stomp) to put a ​foot down on the ​ground hard and ​quickly, making a ​loudnoise, often to show ​anger: The little ​boy was stamping his ​foot and ​refusing to take his ​medicine. She ​stood by the ​road, stamping her ​feet to ​staywarm. I ​wish those ​peopleupstairs would ​stop stamping (about/around). Why did you stamp on that ​insect?
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(Definition of stamp from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stamp" in American English

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stampverb [I/T]

 us   /stæmp/
to ​hit the ​floor or ​ground hard with a ​foot, usually making a ​loudnoise: [T] She ​stood by the ​road, stamping her ​feet to ​staywarm. [I] I ​wish those ​peopleupstairs would ​stop stamping around.

stampnoun [C]

 us   /stæmp, stɑmp/
the ​act of ​hitting the ​floor or ​ground hard with a ​foot: With a stamp of her ​foot she ​hurried out.

stampnoun

 us   /stæmp/
  • stamp noun (MAIL)

[C] (also postage stamp) a ​smallpiece of ​paper, usually with a ​colorfuldesign, that is ​attached to a ​package or ​envelope to show that the ​charge for ​sending it through the ​mail has been ​paid: The new stamps ​depictbluessingers.
  • stamp noun (MARK)

[C] a ​tool for ​printing or ​cutting a ​mark into an ​object, or the ​mark made by such a ​tool: The ​guardexamined the ​permit, then ​reached for his ​rubber stamp. The stamp on the ​rimshows that Paul Revere made this ​mug.
  • stamp noun (QUALITY)

[U] a ​particularquality or ​character: This ​paintingclearlybears the stamp of genius.

stampverb [T]

 us   /stæmp/
  • stamp verb [T] (MARK)

to use a ​specialtool to ​print or ​cut a ​mark into an ​object: An ​immigrationofficial stamped his ​passport. fig. That ​scene will be stamped in my ​memoryforever.
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(Definition of stamp from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"stamp" in Business English

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stampnoun [C]

uk   us   /stæmp/ COMMUNICATIONS
(also formal postage stamp) a ​smallpiece of ​paper with a ​picture or ​pattern on it, that you ​stick onto a ​letter or ​package to ​pay for the ​cost of ​mailing it: first-class/​second-class stamp
a ​tool used to put a ​date, an ​address, or other ​mark on a ​document or an ​object, usually as ​proof of something: The ​assistant uses a stamp to ​sign his boss's ​name.
an ​officialmark put on something that ​shows a ​date, an ​address, or other ​information: Look for the ​official USDA stamp before you ​buy.
stamp of approval approval from someone in a ​position of ​authority: The Board will ​meet Thursday to discuss the ​contract and is likely to give its stamp of ​approval Friday. The foreign-made ​goods still have not earned the government's stamp of ​approval.

stampverb [T]

uk   us   /stæmp/ COMMUNICATIONS
to use a ​tool to put a ​date, an ​address, or other ​mark on a ​document or an ​object, usually as ​proof of something: EU ​citizens don't need to get their ​passports stamped when ​travelling within ​Europe.stamp sth on sth All ​supermarketfoodpackaging has a sell-by ​date stamped on it.stamp sth with sth The ​invoice was stamped with the ​date that ​payment had been received.
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(Definition of stamp from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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