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



    BrE BrE//pəʊst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊst//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they post
    BrE BrE//pəʊst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊst//
    he / she / it posts
    BrE BrE//pəʊsts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊsts//
    past simple posted
    BrE BrE//ˈpəʊstɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊstɪd//
    past participle posted
    BrE BrE//ˈpəʊstɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊstɪd//
    -ing form posting
    BrE BrE//ˈpəʊstɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊstɪŋ//
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  1. 1  (British English) (North American English mail) [transitive] to send a letter, etc. to somebody by post/mail post something (off) (to somebody) Have you posted off your order yet? Is it OK if I post the cheque to you next week? post somebody something Is it OK if I post you the cheque next week? compare mail
  2. 2  (British English) (North American English mail) [transitive] post something to put a letter, etc. into a postbox Could you post this letter for me? 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.
  3. something through hole
  4. 3[transitive] post something + adv./prep. to put something through a hole into a container Let yourself out and post the keys through the letter box.
  5. somebody for job
  6. 4[transitive, usually passive] post somebody + adv./prep. to send somebody to a place for a period of time as part of their job She's been posted to Washington for two years. Most of our employees get posted abroad at some stage.
  7. soldier/guard
  8. 5[transitive] post somebody + adv./prep. to put somebody, especially a soldier, in a particular place so that they can guard a building or area Guards have been posted along the border. A police officer was posted outside the door to make sure the suspect didn’t leave the building.
  9. public notice
  10. 6[transitive, often passive] post something + adv./prep. to put a notice, etc. in a public place so that people can see it synonym display A copy of the letter was posted on the noticeboard.
  11. give information
  12. 7[transitive] (especially North American English) to announce something publicly or officially, especially financial information or a warning post something The company posted a $1.1 billion loss. A snow warning was posted for Ohio. post somebody/something + adj. The aircraft and its crew were posted missing.
  13. 8[transitive, intransitive] to put information or pictures on a website post something (on something) The results will be posted on the Internet. post (on something) The photos have been provided by fans who post on the message board. I’ve been posting now and again at ‘British Moneymaker’.
  14. pay money to court
  15. 9[transitive] post bail/(a) bond (especially North American English) to pay money to a court so that a person accused of a crime can go free until their trial She was released after posting $100 cash bond and her driver's license. More Like This Verbs with two objects bet, bring, build, buy, cost, get, give, leave, lend, make, offer, owe, pass, pay, play, post, promise, read, refuse, sell, send, show, sing, take, teach, tell, throw, wish, writeSee worksheet.
  16. Word Originverb senses 6 to 7 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’. verb senses 1 to 3 and keep somebody posted (about/​on something). 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’. verb 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 Balden was later posted to Luqa as station commander. I should get this letter posted off this afternoon. I’ll post the information to you. I’m hoping to be posted abroad. A police officer was posted outside the door to make sure the suspect didn’t leave the building. Most employees get posted abroad at some stage. She’s been posted to Washington for two years.Idioms
    keep somebody posted (about/on something)
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    to regularly give somebody the most recent information about something and how it is developing I’ll keep you posted on his progress.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: post