See also: AMP and āmp-



  • enPR: ămp, IPA(key): /æmp/
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  • Rhymes: -æmp


amp (countable and uncountable, plural amps)

  1. (colloquial, countable) Short for ampere.
  2. (colloquial, countable) Short for amplifier.[1]
  3. (colloquial, countable) Short for ampoule.
    • 1963, Washington (State). Legislature. Joint Committee on Governmental Cooperation, Report and Recommendations (page 45)
      The physician had included a note which said: "Dear Miss ........, I could not get the name of your friend over the phone so I am sending two prescriptions for Methedrine amps and one prescription for Drinalfa ten cc vials.
  4. (colloquial, countable) Short for amputee.
  5. (colloquial, uncountable) Short for ampicillin.


amp (third-person singular simple present amps, present participle amping, simple past and past participle amped)

  1. (colloquial, usually with up) To amplify.
    He asked the disk jockey to amp it up.
  2. (colloquial, usually with up) To excite.
    • 2012, Natalie Anderson, First Time Lucky? (page 78)
      In the distance, the music thumped, amping the crowd higher.
    • 2013, Hansi Lo Wang, Morning Edition, National Public Radio
      And it's raining, a little bit of drizzle, but the crowd is amped up and ready for a big event today.
  3. (colloquial, usually with up) To intensify or increase.
    • 2003 CMJ New Music Monthly (number 115, page 42)
      Amping the Justin Timberlake cameos and revving up Jiggytron 5000, these Peas want to be on Middle America's fickle plate — losing little dread-whippin' imaginativeness in the wizzash.
    • 2014, Andy Paul, Amp Up Your Sales, AMACOM Books

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  1. ^ “amp” in The Concise Oxford Dictionary, seventh edition, Oxford University Press, 1982.




From Dutch ambt, from Middle Dutch ampt, from Middle High German ambet, ambt (whence modern German Amt), from Old High German ambahti, from Proto-Germanic *ambahtaz, from Gaulish ambaxtos, from Proto-Celtic *ambaxtos.



amp (plural ampte)

  1. An official position, a function, an office, a post.

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