Definition of post noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəʊst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊst//
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  1. 1  (British English) (also mail North American English, British English) [uncountable] the official system used for sending and delivering letters, packages, etc. I'll send the original to you by post. I'll put the information in the post to you tomorrow. My application got lost in the post.
  2. 2  (British English) (also mail North American English, British English) [uncountable] letters, packages, etc. that are sent and delivered There was a lot of post this morning. Have you opened your post yet?
  3. 3  (British English) [uncountable, singular] an occasion during the day when letters, etc. are collected or delivered to catch/miss the post The parcel came in this morning's post. Payment should be sent by return of post (= immediately). Do you get a second post here? British/​Americanpost / mailNouns In British English the official system used for sending and delivering letters, parcels/​packages, etc. is usually called the post. In North American English it is usually called the mail:I’ll put an application form in the post/​mail for you today. Send your fee by post/​mail to this address. Mail is sometimes used in British English in such expressions asthe Royal Mail. Post occurs in North American English in such expressions asthe US Postal Service. In British English post is also used to mean the letters, parcels/​packages, etc. that are delivered to you. Mail is the usual word in North American English and is sometimes also used in British English:Was there any post/​mail this morning? I sat down to open my post/​mail.Verbs Compare:I’ll post the letter when I go out. (British English) and(North American English) I’ll mail the letter when I go out.Compounds Note these words: postman (British English), mailman/mail carrier (both North American English); postbox (British English), mailbox (North American English) Some compounds are used in both British English and North American English: post office, postcard, mail order. Culturepostal servicesMost letters and packages posted in Britain are dealt with by the Royal Mail, which is part of the Royal Mail Group Ltd. and Parcelforce (also part of the Royal Mail Group Ltd.), which delivers larger packages. The Post Office manages the country's many post offices. In 2013, the Royal Mail was privatized(= sold by the government) and shares in it were traded on the Stock Exchange. As well as selling stamps, post offices take in letters and packages that are to be sent by special delivery. Post offices also sell vehicle licences and foreign currency. Small post offices are now often based in a newsagent's or other shop, rather than being in separate buildings. In recent years, many smaller post offices have been closed because they do not make a profit, though this often led to protests from local people.Mail is often called post in British English. When sending a letter, people can choose between two levels of service, first class or the cheaper second class. Normally, first-class mail is delivered the day after it is posted and second-class mail within two or three days. Every address in Britain includes a postcode of letters and numbers, for example OX1 2PX for an address in Oxford, that makes it possible to sort the post by machine. Letters are posted in red postboxes, also called letter boxes. Each has a sign giving times of collections. Postmen and women deliver mail each day direct to homes and businesses. They put the mail through a flap in the door, which is also called a letter box. In the country they travel round in red vans, but in towns and villages they often ride bicycles.The system that deals with mail in the US, the US Postal Service (USPS), is an independent part of the government. Its head is the Postmaster General. Mail carriers, sometimes called mailmen though many are women, deliver mail to homes and businesses once a day. Most homes have mailboxes (= small boxes where letters can be put) fixed outside, near the door. It is very uncommon for a house to have a letter box in the door for letters. People whose houses are a long way from the road have a special rural mailbox by the road. This has a flag which the mail carrier raises so that the people in the house can see when they have mail. To mail (= send) a letter, people leave it on top of their own mailbox or put it in one of the many blue mailboxes in cities and towns. Every address in the US includes an abbreviation for the name of the state and a ZIP code, which is used to help sort the mail. Post offices sell stamps and deal with mail that has to be insured. Most cities have one post office which stays open late. Americans complain about the Postal Service, but it usually does an efficient job at a reasonable price.In the US only Postal Service can deliver mail to letter boxes and the Service has a monopoly on first-class mail that is not urgent.In Britain the post office lost its monopoly on delivery of post in 2006. In both countries there are many companies who provide courier and messenger services for urgent mail. The largest of these include FedEx and DHL. In Britain private companies may also deliver mail to letter boxes.
  4. job
  5. 4  [countable] a job, especially an important one in a large organization synonym position an academic/government post to take up a post to resign (from) a post We will be creating 15 new posts next year. The company has been unable to fill the post. He has held the post for three years. She was offered a key post in the new government. Synonymsjobposition post vacancy appointmentThese are all words for a position doing work for which you receive regular payment.job a position doing work for which you receive regular payment:He’s trying to get a job in a bank.position (rather formal) a job:a senior position in a large corporationjob or position?Position usually refers to a particular job within an organization, especially at a high level, and is not usually used about jobs generally. It is also often used in job applications, descriptions and a job, especially an important one in a large organization:a key post in the new governmentvacancy a job that is available for somebody to do:We have several vacancies for casual workers.appointment (rather formal, especially British English) a job or position of responsibility:This is a permanent appointment, requiring commitment and hard work.Patterns a permanent/​temporary job/​position/​post/​vacancy/​appointment a full-time/​part-time job/​position/​post/​vacancy/​appointment to have/​have got a(n) job/​position/​post/​vacancy/​appointment to apply for/​fill a job/​position/​post/​vacancy to resign from/​leave/​quit a job/​position/​post See related entries: Job interviews
  6. 5(especially North American English) (usually British English posting) an act of sending somebody to a particular place to do their job, especially for a limited period of time an overseas post The island is rated by diplomats as a hardship post (= one that people do not like to be sent to because it is not a very comfortable place to live).
  7. for soldier/guard
  8. 6  [countable] the place where somebody, especially a soldier, does their job a police/customs/military post an observation post The guards were ordered not to leave their posts. Three soldiers were shot dead at a border post. see also last post, staging post, trading post
  9. wood/metal
  10. 7[countable] (often in compounds) a piece of wood or metal that is set in the ground in a vertical position, especially to support something or to mark a point corner posts (= that mark the corners of a sports field) The team’s ‘net’ was a piece of string tied to two posts. see also bedpost, gatepost, lamp post, signpost See related entries: In the garden
  11. end of race
  12. 8the post [singular] the place where a race finishes, especially in horse racing see also first-past-the-post, winning post See related entries: Equine sports
  13. football
  14. 9[countable, usually singular] = goalpost The ball hit the post and bounced in.
  15. internet
  16. 10(also posting) [countable] (computing) a message sent to a discussion group on the Internet; a piece of writing that forms part of a blog The forum does not allow posts from non-members. a blog post I love reading her posts because I learn so much. She wrote a great post about the experience on her blog.
  17. Word Originnoun senses 6 to 8 Old English, from Latin postis ‘doorpost’, later ‘rod, beam’, probably reinforced in Middle English by Old French post ‘pillar, beam’ and Middle Dutch, Middle Low German post ‘doorpost’. noun senses 1 to 3 early 16th cent. (referring to couriers who carried mail on horseback between fixed stages): from French poste, from Italian posta, from a contraction of Latin posita, feminine past participle of ponere ‘to place’. noun senses 4 to 5 mid 16th cent.: from French poste, from Italian posto, from a contraction of popular Latin positum, neuter past participle of ponere ‘to place’.Extra examples He steered a shot between the goalkeeper and the near post. He took up a teaching post at Zurich University. He was dismissed from his post when he was found to have accepted bribes. I sent it by first-class post. I want to apologize for not making a post on Friday. If you hurry you’ll just catch the last post. More info can be found in my first post on the subject. My application for the job is in the post. Orders will be sent by return of post. Seth made a blog post titled ‘Rules of Engagement’. She applied for the new post of training officer. She arrived at the office early and checked her post. She led for most of the way before being pipped at the post. The first horse past the post wins the race. The guard took up his post at the gate. The gun crew were at their posts. The sentries had deserted their posts. To respond to your comments, please see my previous post. He has held the post for five years. He was first past the winning post. Ideally I’m looking for an academic post. She tied the dog to a post. She’s due to take up the post next month. The book arrived in the morning post. The car skidded and hit a lamp post. The team’s ‘net’ was a piece of string tied to two posts. Three company directors have resigned (from) their posts. We have been unable to fill the post. a Cabinet post corner postsIdioms
    be driven, pushed, etc. from pillar to post
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    to be forced to go from one person or situation to another without achieving anything Morale is very low. People have just had enough of being thrown from pillar to post.
    (informal) very deaf More Like ThisSimiles in idioms (as) bald as a coot, (as) blind as a bat, (as) bright as a button, (as) bold as brass, as busy as a bee, as clean as a whistle, (as) dead as a/​the dodo, (as) deaf as a post, (as) dull as ditchwater, (as) fit as a fiddle, as flat as a pancake, (as) good as gold, (as) mad as a hatter/​a March hare, (as) miserable/​ugly as sin, as old as the hills, (as) pleased as Punch, as pretty as a picture, (as) regular as clockwork, (as) quick as a flash, (as) safe as houses, (as) sound as a bell, (as) steady as a rock, (as) thick as two short planks, (as) tough as old bootsSee worksheet.
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