post Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"post" in British English

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uk   /pəʊst/  us   /poʊst/

post noun (LETTERS)

A2 [U] mainly UK (US usually mail) letters, etc. that are delivered to ​homes or ​places of ​work: I'd been away for a few ​days so I had a lot of post ​waiting for me. My ​secretary usually opens my post, ​unless it's ​marked "​private". Has the post come/​arrivedyet?A2 [U] mainly UK (US usually mail) the ​publicsystem that ​exists for the ​collecting and delivering of ​letters: My ​letter must have got ​lost in the post. If you don't ​want to take it there, you can just ​send it by post. [S] UK the ​time during the ​day when ​letters, etc. are ​collected or delivered: I missed the post this ​morning. Did you ​manage to catch the post?
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post noun (JOB)

B2 [C] a ​job in a ​company or ​organization: Teaching posts are ​advertised in Tuesday's ​edition of the ​paper. She's held the post for 13 ​years. They have several ​vacant posts.
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post noun (POLE)

[C] a ​verticalstick or ​polestuck into the ​ground, usually to ​support something or show a ​position [C] used as a ​combiningform: a ​lamppost a ​signpostthe post in the ​sport of ​horseracing, the ​place where the ​racefinishes or, less often, the ​place from which the ​racestarts in ​sports such as ​football, a goalpost (= either of two ​vertical posts ​showing the ​area in which the ​ball is ​kicked to ​scorepoints)
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post noun (PLACE)

[C] the ​particularplace where someone ​works, ​especially where a ​soldier is told to be for ​militaryduty, usually as a ​guard: The ​soldier was ​disciplined for deserting his post. I was ​ordered to ​remain at my post until the last ​customer had ​left.

post noun (MESSAGE)

internet & telecoms something such as a ​message or ​picture that you ​publish on a ​website or using socialmedia: Lots of ​people have ​commented on my post. You can ​changeyourprivacysettings so that only ​certainpeople can ​seeyour posts.


uk   /pəʊst/  us   /poʊst/

post verb (LETTERS)

A2 UK (US mail) [T] to ​send a ​letter or ​parcel by post: Did you ​remember to post my ​letter? I must post that ​parcel (off) or she won't get it in ​time for her ​birthday. [+ two objects] Could you post me the ​details/post the ​details to me? UK [T] to put an ​object through a letterbox (= ​specialopening in a ​door): Just post the ​key through the ​door after you've ​locked it.
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post verb (PLACE)

C2 [T] to ​send someone to a ​particularplace to ​work: He's been posted to Pakistan for six ​months. Guards were posted at all the ​doors.

post verb (MESSAGE)

[T] to ​stick or ​pin a ​notice on a ​wall in ​order to make it ​publiclyknown: Company ​announcements are usually posted (up) on the ​noticeboard.B1 [I or T] internet & telecoms to ​publish something such as a ​message or ​picture on a ​website or using socialmedia: I never post anything on the Internet that I wouldn't ​want my ​boss to ​see. She ​hardlyever posts onFacebook. Somebody's been posting ​obscenemessages in this ​chatroom.

post verb (PAY)

US to ​paymoney, ​especially so that a ​person who has been ​accused of ​committing a ​crime can be ​free until ​theirtrial: She has ​agreed to post bail for her ​brother.

post verb (RESULTS)

to ​announce a company's ​financialresults: The ​oilcompany posted profits of $25.1 ​billion.


uk   /pəʊst-/  us   /poʊst-/
after or ​later than: postgraduate postoperative He took a post-lunch ​nap.
(Definition of post from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"post" in American English

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postnoun [C]

 us   /poʊst/

post noun [C] (POLE)

a ​verticalpolestuck in the ​ground, usually to ​support something or to ​mark a ​position: Al ​leaned against a ​fence post.

post noun [C] (JOB)

a ​job, esp. one in which someone is ​performing an ​official duty: Novello was the first woman and first ​Hispanic to ​hold the post of ​surgeongeneral.

postverb [T]

 us   /poʊst/

post verb [T] (MAKE KNOWN)

to make ​informationknown to the ​public, or to put up ​signs on ​land or other ​property: Snow advisories were posted for Ohio and Pennsylvania. All over ​town, for-sale ​signs are posted in ​front of ​houses. To post something is also to put it on the ​Internet where ​others can ​see it: The ​earningsrelease also will be posted on the Company's ​website.

post verb [T] (PAY)

to ​paymoney to a ​lawcourt, as a ​formalpromise that a ​personreleased from ​prison will ​return for ​trial: McLaughlin posted $3000 ​bail after his ​arrest.


 us   /poʊst/
after (a ​time or ​event): post-9/11 post-election
(Definition of post from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"post-" in Business English

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after or later than: Post-taxprofits are £931,000 against £971,000 the previous ​year. The Tokyo ​market made a ​strong post-crashrecovery.


uk   us   /pəʊst/
[U] mainly UK ( also mail) COMMUNICATIONS letters and ​packages that are ​sent to homes or ​places of ​work: to check/​collect the post to get/receive postdeliver post Did the postman ​deliver any post for me?the post arrives/comes Has the post come yet?answer/open/read post I've got a lot of post to ​open.
COMMUNICATIONS the ​publicsystem for ​sendingletters and ​packages from ​place to ​place: first-/​second-class postbe/put sth in the post The ​cheque is in the post, and you should receive it tomorrow.through the post Given that most ​people would not wish to ​send their ​originalpassport through the post, they will have to get a ​certifiedcopy. The ​letter got lost in the post. Dividends may be ​sent by post, ​held for ​collection, or ​paid in some other way.arrive/come/be delivered by post Hard ​copyproducts, such as a CD or ​newsletter, should arrive by post within days.
[S or U] UK COMMUNICATIONS the ​time during the day when ​letters and ​packages are ​collected, or arrive at homes and ​places of ​work: the first/last postcatch/meet/miss the post The ​letter needed to be ​sent today, but I missed the last post.
by return (of) post COMMUNICATIONS if you ​reply to a ​letter by ​return of post, you ​reply by ​sending a ​letter back almost immediately: Please ​send the ​invoice back by ​return of post.
[C] a ​job in a ​company or ​organization, especially an important one that ​pays well: accept/hold/remain in a post He has ​held the post of ​commercialdirector since 2002.apply for/be appointed to/take up a post She has ​applied for the ​vacant manager's post.advertise/fill a post Almost a third of ​employers said they had not received one ​application for a post they had ​advertised. a high-level/​key/​senior post a full-time/​part-time post apermanent/​temporary post agovernment/teaching postresign (from)/leave a post She was ​forced to ​resign from her £300,000-a-year post after the ​scandal. be ​removed/​step down from a post
[C] (also posting) IT a ​message or ​information that is put on a ​website, or ​sent to an ​internet discussion ​group for all the ​members to read: The ​site is seeing 10,000 posts ​per hour from its 50,000 ​members all over the ​world. a blog post

postverb [T]

uk   us   /pəʊst/
UK ( US mail) COMMUNICATIONS to ​send a ​letter or ​package to someone by mail: post sth to sb/post sb sth I'll post the details to (off) sth Have you posted off your ​applicationform?
UK ( US mail) COMMUNICATIONS to put a ​letter or ​package into a postbox (= ​officialpublicbox for mail) so that it can be ​sent: Could you post this ​letter for me please?
to announce a company’s ​sales, ​financialresults, etc.: post gains/losses/profits The ​oilcompany posted ​profits of $25.1 ​ an improvement/a rise/a decline They posted a 16% ​rise in ​sales.
to ​send someone to a particular ​place to ​work for a ​period of ​time: be posted to sth He has been posted to Pakistan for six months.
to put a ​notice in a ​publicplace in ​order to make something known to other ​people: be posted (up) on sth Company announcements are usually posted on the ​bulletinboard. The ​rulesincluderequiringbusinesses to post ​signsstating that smoking is not ​allowed.
IT to put a ​message or ​information on a ​website for other ​people to read: The ​State Department posted a ​notice on its ​website saying that ​applicants may wait 10 weeks for ​ sth on a website/online/on the internet The ​reports were written up and posted on the ​internet.
post bail LAW to ​paymoney so that a ​person who has been ​accused of ​committing a ​crime can be ​free until their ​trial: He is now ​free after posting $20,000 ​bail.
keep sb posted to continue giving someone the most recent ​information about a ​situation that involves them: I'll ​keep you posted on any new ​developments with the ​deal.
(Definition of post- from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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