Meaning of “post” in the English Dictionary

"post" in 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/arrived yet?

A2 [ U ] mainly UK US usually mail the public system 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 vertical stick or pole stuck into the ground, usually to support something or show a position

[ C ] used as a combining form:

the post

in the sport of horse racing, the place where the race finishes or, less often, the place from which the race starts

in sports such as football, a goalpost (= either of two vertical posts showing the area in which the ball is kicked to score points)

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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 (= special opening in a door):

Just post the key through the door after you've locked it.

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post verb (MESSAGE)

[ T ] to stick or pin a notice on a wall in order to make it publicly known:

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 social media:

I never post anything on the Internet that I wouldn't want my boss to see.
She hardly ever posts on Facebook.
Somebody's been posting obscene messages in this chat room.


uk /pəʊst-/ us /poʊst-/

(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 vertical pole stuck 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 surgeon general.

postverb [ T ]

us /poʊst/

post verb [ T ] (MAKE KNOWN)

to make information known 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 earnings release also will be posted on the Company's website.

post verb [ T ] (PAY)

to pay money to a law court, as a formal promise that a person released from prison will return for trial:

McLaughlin posted $3000 bail after his arrest.


us /poʊst/

after (a time or event):


(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-tax profits are £931,000 against £971,000 the previous year.
The Tokyo market made a strong post-crash recovery.


uk /pəʊst/ us

[ 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 post
deliver 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 public system for sending letters and packages from place to place:

first-/second-class post
be/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 original passport through the post, they will have to get a certified copy.
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 copy products, 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 post
catch/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 commercial director 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 government/teaching post
resign (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 /pəʊst/ us

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 you.
post (off) sth Have you posted off your application form?

UK US mail COMMUNICATIONS to put a letter or package into a postbox (= official public box for mail) so that it can be sent:

Could you post this letter for me please?

to announce a company’s sales, financial results, etc.:

post gains/losses/profits The oil company posted profits of $25.1 billion.
post 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 public place in order to make something known to other people:

be posted (up) on sth Company announcements are usually posted on the bulletin board.
The rules include requiring businesses to post signs stating 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 passports.
post sth on a website/online/on the internet The reports were written up and posted on the internet.
post bail

LAW to pay money 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)