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verb stamp pronunciation in British English /stæmp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestamping
past tensestamped
past participlestamped
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to put your foot down hard and noisily on someone or something
    stamp on:

    Mary tried to stamp on the spider, but it scuttled away.

    He doesn’t seem able to dance without stamping on his partner’s feet.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to walk putting your feet down hard and noisily on the ground, usually because you are angry
      stamp into/onto/out of etc:

      Riley suddenly stamped into the editor’s office.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to put a mark on something using ink and a stamp

    They didn’t bother to stamp my passport this time.

    stamp something with something:

    It was stamped with the words ‘Made in China’.

    stamp something on something:

    The book had the library’s name stamped on the inside cover.

  3. 3
    [transitive] mainly literary to give something a particular appearance or quality
    be stamped with something:

    He turned to face her, his features stamped with hostility.

    stamp someone as something:

    The whole episode had stamped her as a ‘difficultclient.

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