Pronunciation Noun


  1. (colloquial, countable) Short for ampere#English|ampere.
  2. (colloquial, countable) Short for amplifier#English|amplifier.
  3. (colloquial, countable) Short for ampoule#English|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#English|amputee.
  5. (colloquial, uncountable) Short for ampicillin#English|ampicillin.

amp (amps, present participle amping; 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



  1. (biochemistry) Initialism of adenosine monophosphate
  2. (internet) Initialism of Accelerated Mobile Pages
    • 2019, Richard Conway, How to Get to the Top of Google Search: A Practical SEO Guide, Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited (ISBN 9780143773542)
      That strict nature of the AMP HTML means that attention to detail is necessary. The pages must be properly validated in order to function every time — and in order to amp up your place in Google's rankings, your AMP site must function every time.
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