stamp - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] a small official piece of paper that you buy and stick on an envelope to pay for the cost of posting a letter or a parcel
    a book of stamps (=a set of stamps):

    A book of second-class stamps, please.

    1. a.
      British a small official piece of paper that you buy and collect as a way of paying for something
    2. b.
      a small piece of paper that some shops give to customers to collect and use later to buy things in the shop
    See also food stamp
  2. 2
    [countable] a small tool with a pattern or writing on one side that you press into ink and use for printing a mark on paper
    1. a.
      a mark that you make with a stamp

      Did you get a stamp in your passport?

  3. 3
    [singular] an act of putting your foot down hard and noisily on something
  4. 4
    [singular] a particular quality that is clearly noticeable in someone or something
    bear the stamp of someone/something:

    The film bears the unmistakable stamp of its energetic director.

    put your stamp on something:

    He has a chance to put his stamp on government policy.

  5. 5
    [singular] literary a particular type of person or thing

    The son was a man of a very different stamp.