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"mail" in British English

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mailnoun

uk   /meɪl/  us   /meɪl/
  • mail noun (LETTERS/PACKAGES)

A2 [S or U] (UK also post) the ​letters, etc. that are ​sent to or from ​people, or the ​system for ​sendingletters, etc. from ​place to ​place: She ​spent the ​morningreading and ​answering her mail. All of ​ourcustomers will be ​contacted by mail. The ​book came in yesterday's mail. Some ​strange things get ​sent through the mail.

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  • mail noun (COVERING)

[U] →  chain mail

mailverb [T]

uk   /meɪl/  us   /meɪl/ mainly US (UK usually post)

Mailnoun

uk   /meɪl/  us   /meɪl/
in the UK, used in the ​name of some ​newspapers: the Daily Mail the Hull Mail
(Definition of mail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mail" in American English

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mailnoun [U]

 us   /meɪl/
the ​letters and ​packages that are ​transported and ​delivered to ​yourhome or the ​place you ​work, esp. those ​delivered by the government’s ​system: She ​spent the ​morningreading and ​answering mail. The mail is usually ​delivered before ​noon.

mailverb [T]

 us   /meɪl/
to ​send esp. ​letters or ​packages by the mail ​system: She mailed the ​letter last ​week but it still hasn’t ​arrived.
(Definition of mail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"mail" in Business English

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mailnoun

uk   us   /meɪl/
[U or S] (UK also post) COMMUNICATIONS a ​system for ​sendingletters and ​packages from ​place to ​place: Individuals using the mail to ​commitfraud are ​brought up on ​federalcharges.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 ​homeoffice 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

mailverb [T]

uk   us   /meɪl/
(UK also post) COMMUNICATIONS to ​send a ​letter or ​parcel: mail sb sth I've mailed you your ​invitation to the ​opening.mail sth to sb Mail your completed ​application to ​humanresources. We mailed it from Perth to Brisbane and it arrived in a day.
mainly UK COMMUNICATIONS, IT →  email verb : I mailed them using the ​link on their ​website.mail sth to sb Can't you just mail it to me as an ​attachment?
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of mail from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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