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English definition of “mail”

mail

noun     /meɪl/
[U or S] (UK also post) COMMUNICATIONS a system for sending letters and packages from place to place : Individuals using the mail to commit fraud are brought up on federal charges .in/through the mail The cheque is in the mail.by mail I could deliver it to you next week , or send it by mail today. domestic / internal / international mail
[U or S] (UK also post) COMMUNICATIONS the letters and packages which are sent by post: deliver/forward/send (sb) mail Please tell the post office to forward all mail to our new address .get/receive mail We prefer to receive mail at our home office rather than in our stores .check/open/read your mail If you check your mail on the way out, you can deposit any cheques you find in it. deal with/ handle the mailincoming/outgoing mail Outgoing mail should be marked with your department's code .express/first-class/second-class mail The cost of first-class mail will rise next year . business / private mail
[U] COMMUNICATIONS, INTERNET →  email: You have mail. check / reply to/ read your mailmail message/client/server You need the address of your mail server before you can set up an account .
Mail used in the name of some newspapers : The Daily Mail The Hull Mail
→ See also airmail, bulk mail, certified mail, direct mail, email, flame mail, junk mail, mailing, post, registered mail, snail mail, surface mail
(Definition of mail noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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