Main definitions of post in English

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noun

  • 1A long, sturdy piece of timber or metal set upright in the ground and used as a support or marker.

    ‘follow the blue posts until the track meets a road’
    • ‘If you are resting the girder on top of the posts, use metal fasteners.’
    • ‘Two panels hang from posts with heavy strap hinges so they can swing open for loading bulky furniture and garden supplies.’
    • ‘In the Roman period, below-ground silos are replaced by granaries, often with suspended floors supported on timber or stone posts.’
    • ‘The experts reckon the house originally has a thatched or cut wood roof supported by a wattle wall and timber posts.’
    • ‘In addition, the mounts are encircled by bands supporting balustered posts, each with a suspension ring.’
    • ‘Determine the length you'll need and purchase a prefabricated metal railing with posts from a lumberyard or home center.’
    • ‘The accident revealed that timber posts supporting the metal barriers were inadequate and even rotten in places.’
    • ‘She got up from the ground shakily and latched onto a post for support.’
    • ‘Close boarded fences can be made stylish by adding six-foot square panels of stout trellis, supported on posts of tanalised timber, four inches in diameter.’
    • ‘The huts were connected with wooden pathways and rope bridges that were supported by thick posts dug deep into the ground.’
    • ‘What are the advantages and disadvantages of metal posts versus wood posts?’
    • ‘The structure is supported by tall posts rising from the sloping site.’
    • ‘Rudy grabbed him on the shoulder and propelled him towards the nearest fence post.’
    • ‘Adam covered her hand resting on the top fence post with his.’
    • ‘He winked at her and led her to a metal post sticking out of the ground.’
    • ‘Pier blocks serve as a transition from the posts supporting the girder to the concrete foundation footings.’
    • ‘There is barely a scrap of bare metal on the stanchions, pillars, posts, railings, and decking ribs.’
    • ‘Use a brush to paint the posts, horizontal supports, gates, and other hardware to complete each section.’
    • ‘It's also essential that every gate post is complemented with a back-up post for extra support.’
    • ‘Today I have been painting the wooden fence post caps we bought about a fortnight ago.’
    pole, stake, upright, shaft, prop, support, picket, strut, pillar, pale, paling, column, piling, standard, stanchion, pylon, stave, rod, newel, baluster, jamb, bollard, mast
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    1. 1.1 A goalpost.
      ‘Robertson, at the near post, headed wide’
      • ‘From the narrowest of angles he took aim at an empty net but saw his shot rebound from the near post.’
      • ‘Martin struck the rebound inches wide of the right post when a goal would have been the easier option.’
      • ‘The ball bobbled viciously as it approached the near post, but Miller adroitly launched himself into its path.’
      • ‘But poor tackling let Melrose back into the game with a try near the posts.’
      • ‘O'Donnell raced in under the posts for a converted try on 60 minutes.’
      • ‘James then raced onto a long ball over the top of the defence, chipped the goalkeeper but could only look on in frustration as the ball rebounded off the post.’
      • ‘On a good day the kick would have been easy, but the wind blew the ball on to the post to rebound out.’
      • ‘Clydebank almost grabbed the lead in the 31st minute when their trialist wriggled free in the box, but he shot inches wide of the near post.’
      • ‘His low cross was met by Martin at the near post, and he touched it over the crossbar.’
      • ‘He beat his marker and dribbled into the penalty area but his shot was high and wide of the near post.’
      • ‘However the goalkeeper's trailing arm got the slightest of touches to deflect the ball wide of the post.’
      • ‘When he gets the ball anywhere near the posts, he shoots.’
      • ‘His 55th-minute shot looked destined to nestle in the net - only to rebound back off the near post and to safety.’
      • ‘He opened the scoring after nine minutes, squeezing the ball into the net by the near post.’
      • ‘So sure was the midfielder that he had scored, he wheeled away, arm aloft in triumph, but the ball hit a post and rebounded back.’
      • ‘The ball hit the right-hand post and rebounded into the net, far beyond Butler's despairing dive.’
      • ‘He went round two and under the posts for a try which Smith again improved.’
    2. 1.2the post A starting post or winning post.
      • ‘By the time Rakti had reached the post yesterday he seemed to have calmed.’
      • ‘He got Ocean Silk flying towards the post but it was not enough to peg back the winner.’
      • ‘He enjoyed plenty of success as a jockey but will always be remembered for getting pipped at the Grand National post twice in his riding career.’
      • ‘Ballingarry, third in the Irish Derby and St Leger, strode past the post to take 12 points in the World standings.’
      • ‘Peter O'Sullevan commentated and I still remember that moment as Merryman passed the post.’
      • ‘In the third race the ‘dead cert’ Rooster Booster got pipped at the post.’
      • ‘Lake Austin has never been worse than second in five trips to the post and is exiting a Churchill Downs allowance score.’
      • ‘I think there were people who bet against him yesterday who were cheering him past the post.’
      • ‘Points are awarded to the first five horses past the post.’
      • ‘He admitted he was relieved to have passed the post first on what will be remembered as one of racing's greatest days.’
      • ‘Does anybody else think the winning jockey's Cheltenham salute as they pass the post is getting beyond the bounds of sensibility and safety?’
  • 2A piece of writing, image, or other item of content published online, typically on a blog or social media website or application.

    ‘in a recent post, he cautioned investors to be wary of these predictions’
    • ‘We ask them to pay for the infrastructure, which is just a post and software.’
    • ‘If my post implied that increasing type size was the automatic solution to issues of readability, then I appreciate your clarification that there are other considerations, as well.’
    • ‘Anyway, Mark puts a better argument than me so go read his original post.’
    • ‘My objection was to having to supply my information just to follow your content, which your post implies is necessary.’
    • ‘You can also blog when you don't have a connection and save your post for uploading later.’
    • ‘Over the summer we had a post about the power internet message boards hold over the making of movies.’
    • ‘My previous post was written in a bad mood (got to stop doing that).’
    • ‘Podcasting is a lot more difficult than dashing off a post on a weblog.’
    • ‘I should be preparing for my meeting with my manager this afternoon, but instead I am setting up email blogging and photo posts!’
    • ‘Meanwhile, here's an onion I drew to liven up today's post.’
    • ‘Sure I have real life stuff as well, but I just cannot imagine a time when I could possibly get anywhere near 100 posts in a month.’
    • ‘Got my car fixed, for those who have read my previous post on the subject.’
    • ‘You are still free to hit the more recent posts with comments though.’
    • ‘I apologise for the lack of preamble to yesterday's last post.’
    • ‘There has been numerous posts on this weblog of spammers and virus writers making money out of their criminal activities.’
    • ‘I have a bit of dyslexia and like to take time when composing email, posts, coding, and such to make sure that I don't make a mistake.’
    • ‘Steve's post below reminded me of an article I wrote a couple of years ago.’
    • ‘Remember: e-mail and newsgroup posts are not secure venues for volunteering your credit card information.’
    • ‘I think maybe you misread my original post.’
    • ‘Yesterday's post reminded me of the issue of pulling the tags off of product and machinery.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Display (a notice) in a public place.

    ‘a curt notice had been posted on the door’
    • ‘Yesterday the curtains of the house were drawn and two notices were posted in the windows.’
    • ‘If you read it before this notice was posted, you might take another look at the second half.’
    • ‘Park staff will be posting closure notices where footpaths and bridleways meet with the public highway.’
    • ‘Notices about its intentions were posted around the village.’
    • ‘The Thursday Programming Schedule is now posted but you don't need to read it since you'll only be going to my panels.’
    • ‘A council spokesman said notices were posted in the area and residents who were within a certain radius of the proposed mast were consulted.’
    • ‘But you should maybe have posted a notice in the journal a month ago when it was actually released in the shops.’
    • ‘We posted a notice on the website and the new information went out with the second and third batch of letters.’
    • ‘Six policemen were wedged against the gates by the crush of people when the notice was posted on the prison gates.’
    • ‘A notice was posted on the box office doors to announce the postponement ‘due to inclement weather’.’
    • ‘Couples will also be able to post notice of their impending marriage anywhere in the country, rather than in the area where they live.’
    • ‘At the moment a seven day notice is posted by the council but instead they could be held in secure storage for the statutory seven day period.’
    • ‘I post the notice outside my office door, close and lock the door from the inside, and prepare to sleep on the couch.’
    • ‘Part of me knows I should post a notice to tell my unknown neighbour that an unsecured network is not healthy computing.’
    • ‘A notice will be posted on the Public Construction Commission's Web site today, he said.’
    • ‘At the time of its closure, a notice was posted on the main gate saying the premises had been shut for redecoration.’
    • ‘Notices have been posted at the sites urging the public to stay away and wardens will be patrolling to enforce the request.’
    affix, attach, fasten, hang, display, pin, pin up, put up, stick, stick up, tack, tack up, nail, nail up
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    1. 1.1 Put notices on or in.
      ‘we have posted all the bars’
  • 2Announce or publish (something, especially a financial result)

    ‘the company posted a £460,000 loss’
    • ‘Only one in five of the major global pharmaceutical companies posting results last week was able to announce an increase in profits.’
    • ‘Profits have grown appreciably over the last four years, and today they posted a 5% rise in interim profits to £1.9m.’
    • ‘Breweries posted better than expected results’
    • ‘The company posted respectable results for the year ended 31 March, 2005 but is still struggling to get its Japanese division back on track.’
    • ‘The JSE-listed financial services group this week posted its interim results for the six months just ended.’
    • ‘Its sister company also posted its results for the year ended March 31.’
    • ‘They probably would have posted some unrealized stock losses in the second quarter.’
    • ‘The company is in a good financial state and has posted positive financial results.’
    • ‘As demand continues to accelerate in coming months, earnings will post even stronger results.’
    • ‘In the classroom, the finance major posted a 3.77 grade point average and was honored as the recipient of the SEC's Postgraduate Award.’
    • ‘A similar deficit is likely to be posted for this financial year.’
    • ‘The provider has posted improved financial results for the first half of the year thanks to the uptake of broadband services throughout Europe.’
    • ‘The logistics firm posts interim results and offered a mixed picture of what they are likely to be at its last trading statement.’
    • ‘However, earnings forecasts may be lifted a little as the interim results it posted today where above expectations.’
    • ‘Shares in the company have jumped 3% after it posted annual results ahead of expectations.’
    • ‘He said the company had performed well in the last financial year and will post strong results.’
    • ‘The online bank posted its results for 2002 on Monday and revealed that it is planning to spend £5m on researching the US market in the first half of this year.’
    • ‘In recent weeks, the mortgage lender has given back some of its gains, after it posted an exceptional half-year set of results.’
    announce, report, make known, advertise, publish, publicize, circulate, broadcast
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    1. 2.1with object and complement Publish the name of (a member of the armed forces) as missing or dead.
      ‘a whole troop had been posted missing’
      • ‘More fliers, bearing a photo of the deceased, are posted announcing the occasion.’
      • ‘If the expedition never returned from the desert, perhaps I would not even be posted dead, but only missing.’
      • ‘Two other men were recovered drowned, and all five others were posted as missing in action.’
      • ‘He is then posted as missing in action and she indulges a schoolgirl sense of romance by volunteering for a mission in France hoping to secure news of his fate.’
      • ‘He's posted as missing and as yet they have heard no word about him.’
      • ‘After the attack, the company had posted him missing, presumed dead.’
    2. 2.2 Publish (a piece of writing, image, or other item of content) online, typically on a blog or social media website or application.
      ‘she posted a photo of herself with the singer on Twitter’
      ‘I'll post an article next week revealing the results of the poll’
      ‘the list was promptly posted all over the Internet’
      ‘the company posted the news on its blog yesterday’
      • ‘Sometimes the netizens would post messages on the Internet, telling him which song they most wanted to hear.’
      • ‘They then posted numerous messages to bulletin boards that exaggerated the value of the company.’
      • ‘Video takes a lot longer to produce than photos, but I think I am going to try and start posting video clips on a more frequent basis.’
      • ‘People can post details of upcoming events using the on-line form, and subscribe to e-mail lists for updates.’
      • ‘The first part of this article was posted on Monday, April 15.’
      • ‘If you by chance post my message on your web site, please blank out my email.’
      • ‘He posted messages on Web sites and newsgroups in the hope that someone might be around to help him.’
      • ‘First, students have little intrinsic motivation to post messages in course newsgroups.’
      • ‘An updated list of the questions and answers also will be posted online for all members to view.’
      • ‘I'll post a link to the full parliamentary report when I track it down.’
      • ‘So if you, unlike me, know what is going on drop me an email or post a message in the forums and give me some pointers.’
      • ‘Our ambitious, resourceful nursing student should also consider posting messages with news groups devoted to the nursing profession.’
      • ‘Fans have posted messages of sympathy on the site's bulleting board.’
      • ‘Hundreds of people called and sent faxes to the newspaper to express outrage or tell their own stories of police abuse, and tens of thousands posted messages on the Internet.’
      • ‘They have posted messages on a private newsgroup making suggestions about the extent of the services she offers.’
      • ‘Naturally you can't work and have no choice but to spend the rest of your life posting messages on the Internet complaining about how everything has gone to hell.’
      • ‘A bug in recent weeks has meant that updates aren't being speedily posted to the site.’
      • ‘First they have their own food blogs to maintain, posting messages online about what they cooked, where they ate, and how they liked it.’
      • ‘The problem seems to be posting the results to a public website.’
      • ‘Smart pens have become the latest way to post messages to online diaries, or weblogs, while on the move.’
      • ‘A detailed list of the missing maps has been posted on the library's website to help recover the lost materials.’
      • ‘Sarah posted the pic to her Facebook page.’
      • ‘We'll post a link to the PDF as soon as it is available.’
      • ‘The virus is under analysis, more information will be posted later.’
      • ‘New articles are posted on the web site every day.’
      • ‘A clip of his speech was posted to the website of KSN-TV.’
      • ‘The primary evidence was posted on the Internet.’
      • ‘If confidential information is posted, you need to minimize the damage and quickly resolve the issue.’
      • ‘As events unfolded, newsgroups and bulletin boards began posting messages of shock and sympathy - by evening, it was a torrent.’
      • ‘The online announcements need to be posted where they'll be seen.’
      • ‘The company also refuses to allow the union to post messages on a bulletin board.’
      • ‘If we remember to take a camera, maybe I'll post some pictures.’
      • ‘In time, I may decide to send an e-mail their way or post a few messages on their discussion boards.’
      • ‘Many sites on the Internet also let you to post messages in forum and even facilitate to chat with friends while you play.’
      • ‘To motivate himself he even took a picture every day and posted it on his web site.’
      • ‘My friend was sacked as a result of the messages he posted on a newsgroup.’
      • ‘New information is posted on the Internet twice a month during the growing season and less frequently during winter.’
      • ‘You can post messages to the site, but we won't allow anyone to post their email address, or mobile phone number, which people try and do a lot.’
  • 3(of a player or team) achieve or record (a particular score or result)

    ‘Smith and Lamb posted a century partnership’
    • ‘The team has posted good results there in the past and each driver is looking forward to another great weekend at a familiar track.’
    • ‘He was dismissed just one run short of his ninth Test fifty with the score on 215 but he had ensured the team had posted a safe score, though conceding a lead of 58 runs.’
    • ‘Other teams posted better regular season records, but L.A. still wins the psychological game.’
    • ‘It has been a challenge trying to turn around their basketball program where the team posted a 2-24 win/loss record before she arrived.’
    • ‘It is a long time since two Irish athletes posted a 1st and 2nd in the same event in a major track and field championship.’
    • ‘It's hard to find much wrong with the team that posted the third-best record in major league history through 79 games.’
    • ‘The school was awarded a PC after their team posted the highest score over the three days.’
    • ‘Both anglers posted a score of 7lb 1oz that relied largely on maggot caught roach.’
    • ‘And even with the lousy record the team has posted in his short tenure, his players believe in him.’
    • ‘The local team posted a 36-19 win in the tilt to run its season record to a perfect 4-0.’
    • ‘No opposing player had ever posted that many receiving yards on the Irish in a single game.’
    • ‘Plus, this team posted the country's best-ever showing at the World University Games, making them the darlings of the maritime sports scene.’
    • ‘That's a good ratio, generally meaning that if a team posts six wins, it's likely headed to a bowl.’
    • ‘As one of the lead off gymnasts, Vera posted excellent scores for her team.’
    • ‘If the Australians succumbed it was because of the relentless pressure that came from the tall scores the Indian batsmen posted.’
    • ‘It seemed the competition was headed for deadlock as three teams posted highly respectable scores of 71 points.’
    • ‘This year the team posted a 10-3 - 2 record before losing in the semifinals in September.’

Phrases

  • go (or come) to post

    • (of a racehorse) start a race.

      ‘only four of the fifteen entries go to post’
      • ‘At York, the colt was quietly reintroduced by not passing the noisy stands when going to post.’
      • ‘The weights will rise by 2lbs if the 11-year-old does not go to post.’
      • ‘Strong winds and Aintree's quick-draining course saw the going dry up again but rain is predicted to arrive once again before the runners go to post for the big race at 1610 BST.’
      • ‘For the first time since Party Politics won in 1992, a maximum field of 40 would go to post but punters only wanted to know about one horse, the Ted Walsh-trained Papillon.’
      • ‘Three-year-old filly and older female championship honors are on the line Saturday when eight fillies and mares go to post in the $2-million Breeders' Cup Distaff.’
      • ‘To add to the intrigue, all horses must pass a trial jump before going to post.’
      • ‘Young Scotton goes to post in the opening race, the Highland Spring Novices' Hurdle.’
      • ‘The smallest field of the day was the Confined Hunt Race, with five of the six entries going to post.’
      • ‘Only four runners went to post for the H.B.L.H Novices' Chase and the field was quickly reduced when Mr Lewin unseated his rider at the first fence.’
      • ‘So the season's superstar went to post at the far end of the Heath yesterday afternoon with a big question mark hanging over his handsome head.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • post up

    • Play in a position near the basket, along the side of the key.

      ‘Jordan settled for jumpers instead of using his five-inch height advantage to post up’
      • ‘For example, it's difficult to stop players who post up near the basket.’
      • ‘‘I definitely feel more comfortable facing the basket than posting up,’ Brown says.’
      • ‘If someone's posting up and the defender is in the paint in the post-up position, does that count as three seconds?’
      • ‘He lulls defenders by beginning with his back to the basket like he is posting up.’
      • ‘If their big player posts up near the basket, have the defender play in front of the big player.’

Origin

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’.

Pronunciation

post

/pəʊst/

Main definitions of post in English

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noun

  • 1British mass noun The official service or system that delivers letters and parcels.

    ‘winners will be notified by post’
    ‘the tickets are in the post’
    • ‘Rule 99 makes it plain that section 8 is subject to the provisions for service by post.’
    • ‘The vouchers will go out to more than 2,000 children in the area, most of whom can look forward to a special delivery by post over the next few days.’
    • ‘England has persuaded itself it invented the letter post.’
    • ‘If any grades finally are changed as a result of being reviewed, schools and colleges will be notified by post by next Tuesday.’
    • ‘The winners will be notified by post and names will be published in the Gazette on December 10.’
    • ‘Sending them by post was a service that has won much appreciation from people.’
    • ‘If I send a gift by post, the Post Office supply the service of delivery of the parcel for me, not for the addressee who knows nothing of the transaction.’
    • ‘The winners will be notified by post and all results will be published in the Westmorland Messenger.’
    • ‘I will provide a doctor's certificate by post, which will confirm my current state of health.’
    • ‘First-class post services in York have improved, despite problems across the region as Royal Mail failed to meet a raft of targets.’
    • ‘I was attracted by this submission, which seems to me to gain some force from the provisions relating to service by post.’
    • ‘Applicants will be selected at random from cheques and notified by post.’
    • ‘Service by post on the Second Defendant was not permitted.’
    • ‘And that could sound the death knell for Britain's universal post service.’
    • ‘Applicants will be selected at random from cheques received and notified by post.’
    • ‘As the number of people registered to vote by post has soared, election fraud is now a huge fear…’
    • ‘An elderly man had to wait nearly eight weeks to see a doctor after his medical records were lost in the post in the latest in a series of post service blunders.’
    • ‘The solicitor sent such a letter by ordinary first-class post on 3 August.’
    • ‘Sackloads of bulbs were delivered by post and by hand.’
    • ‘The winners will be the first entries drawn and will be notified by post.’
    1. 1.1 Letters and parcels delivered.
      ‘she was opening her post’
      • ‘Now she has had the front door replaced without a letterbox and her post is delivered to the Post Office in Bingley.’
      • ‘These days there's a fish farm, post is delivered by van, McCabe's is a seasonal guest house and the pub has gone.’
      • ‘The system, which scanned post and official documents so they could be fired off to the relevant people, worked fantastically on one computer.’
      • ‘Royal Mail could have to make sure all post is delivered before noon and customers never wait more than five minutes in Post Office queues.’
      • ‘Customers could set their watches by the times their post was delivered and the service they received was second to none.’
      • ‘A York resident today slammed the Royal Mail for delivering her post seven hours later than it used to.’
      • ‘The Royal Mail has told him they would continue to deliver his post when they were able to do so.’
      • ‘The people plan to stick a label across their letter boxes and decline post as part of their campaign of boycott.’
      • ‘This also had the consequence in many of the affected post offices of delaying post by an hour or more.’
      • ‘Priority is being given to business mail with the aim of having all such post delivered by 10 am.’
      • ‘Royal Mail managers were drafted to deliver post to thousands of other homes after the workers voted to continue their stoppage.’
      • ‘The post was largely not delivered, with an official total of 46 percent of workers on strike.’
      letters, cards, correspondence
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    2. 1.2in singular A single collection or delivery of mail.
      ‘entries must be received no later than first post on 14 June’
      • ‘We will accept returns completed on a printed copy of the form if you post them by last post on Wednesday 30 January.’
      • ‘Even the poor postman was baffled when he came to collect the post only to discover that the postbox had apparently disappeared into thin air.’
      • ‘For inclusion on Saturday, letters should reach us by first post on Tuesday, and may be edited’
    3. 1.3 Used in names of newspapers.
      ‘the Washington Post’
      • ‘On the up were the Irish Times, the Sunday Business Post and Ireland on Sunday.’
      • ‘Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New York Post, Wired, Money and TV Guide.’
      • ‘The winner will be announced in The Sunday Business Post on February 18.’
      • ‘No one at the Post, the Times, ABC, or NBC is doing the same for Fox's journalists.’
      • ‘This was covered by The Sunday Business Post in last week's Money pages.’
      • ‘Competing with the Weekender for that honour is The Dominion Post, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA.’
      • ‘Finally, some news just in about The Sunday Business Post's New Year's Political Quiz.’
      • ‘Purdy of The Denver Post is the fifth winner of the Aldo Leopold Award for Distinguished Editorial Writing.’
      • ‘The Editor, Yorkshire Post, Wellington Street, Leeds LS1 1RF.’
      • ‘Consider the case of The Asian Wall Street Journal compared to South China Morning Post.’
      • ‘He won a Pulitzer Prize for a series he wrote for the Post on the West Point class of 1966.’
      • ‘This autumn, we are publishing a book, Reporting Yorkshire: 250 Years of the Yorkshire Post.’
      • ‘The group contains the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, the Spectator, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Jerusalem Post.’
      • ‘This led to coverage by National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and ABC News.’
      • ‘His cartoons have also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and Saturday Review.’
      • ‘Only two turned up - from The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Post.’
      • ‘Nice article in the Washington Post on white South Africans going to Soweto.’
      • ‘The correspondence was obtained by The Sunday Business Post under the Freedom of Information Act.’
  • 2historical Each of a series of couriers who carried mail on horseback between fixed stages.

    1. 2.1archaic A person or vehicle that carries mail.

verb

  • 1British with object Send (a letter or parcel) via the postal system.

    ‘I've just been to post a letter’
    ‘post off your order form today’
    • ‘However, he said that, despite the return address in Pakistan, the letter had been posted in Germany.’
    • ‘By the General's orders, officers are going to read every letter that is posted, so I must be very careful what I write to you.’
    • ‘Printing and posting 500 direct mail letters takes time and money.’
    • ‘I walked out of the house to post a letter - the postbox is less than 100 yards away - and left the door open.’
    • ‘On Wednesday, May 5, my daughter went to the Post Office and posted a parcel, first class, for my sister's birthday which was on May 7.’
    • ‘He signed the letter which was posted at the Valley Road sorting office at midnight.’
    • ‘Confusingly, second class mail sent to Bath arrived on Saturday, two days before a first class letter which was posted the same day.’
    • ‘Even fax machines - or in artists' studios, anyway - were still a rarity at the beginning of the decade, and a letter would be posted back, expressing interest.’
    • ‘Before computers, I used to post one letter a week, which would take me maybe half an hour to write, and it would arrive in a couple of days.’
    • ‘My letter was posted in the main post office in Sligo, the capital town of the North West and recently designated gateway growth centre.’
    • ‘The advent of e-mails has vastly decreased the number of letters being posted through a post box, and internet banking has also probably had an impact on the PO service.’
    • ‘For example, the cost of sending an email is generally cheaper than posting a letter in the mail, especially for people wishing to communicate internationally.’
    • ‘Letters must be posted before 4.15 pm for collection on the day and registered on swift post must be in the office for 3.45 pm.’
    • ‘In the early years there were no postal boxes and people wanting to post a letter had to go to their nearest postage stamp shop.’
    • ‘If the letter had been posted it would presumably have arrived either on Saturday the 28th or Monday the 30th.’
    • ‘And put out the letter that must be posted where it'll be seen.’
    • ‘These letters had all been posted in Kilkelly and as he poured through them he was overcome with the emotion which re-united him in an extraordinary way with the land of his forebears.’
    • ‘So I had to walk to the post office and post my letter.’
    • ‘They are particularly keen to speak to a person seen on the film posting a letter in a pillar box.’
    • ‘I walked the 200 metres from my house to the village post box to post a letter.’
  • 2with object (in bookkeeping) enter (an item) in a ledger.

    ‘post the transaction in the second column’
    ‘initial records kept in day books are periodically posted to accounts’
    • ‘Those transactions that were settled immediately with cash were not posted to the account book, since no indebtedness existed.’
    • ‘When the payment was posted to the accounts it was in debit, as there was no corresponding asset.’
    record, write in, enter, fill in, register, note, list
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    1. 2.1 Complete (a ledger) by entering items.
  • 3historical no object, with adverbial Travel with relays of horses.

    ‘we posted in an open carriage’
    1. 3.1archaic with adverbial of direction Travel with haste; hurry.
      ‘he comes posting up the street’

adverb

archaic
  • With haste.

    ‘come now, come post’

Phrases

  • keep someone posted

    • Keep someone informed of the latest developments or news.

      ‘I'll keep you posted on his progress’
      • ‘If there's any more news on that I'll keep you posted.’
      • ‘We'll keep you posted on any possible additional developments.’
      • ‘I shall keep you posted if I hear of any interesting developments.’
      • ‘If there are computers there, I'll keep you posted with news of my high jinks and frolics.’
      • ‘We wish the lads the very best and we'll keep you posted on developments.’
      • ‘It has come about as a result of continually talking to clients and keeping them posted as events developed.’
      • ‘And we'll keep you posted on all developments as they come in.’
      • ‘I hadn't seen Richard since Terry's wedding, but my friends had kept me posted on all the news that went on while I was gone.’
      • ‘We'll keep you posted on the latest news and thanks for your support!’
      • ‘Thank God the networks are keeping us posted on groundbreaking news, I thought.’
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Origin

Early 16th century (in sense 2 of the noun): from French poste, from Italian posta, from a contraction of Latin posita, feminine past participle of ponere ‘to place’.

Pronunciation

post

/pəʊst/

Main definitions of post in English

: post1post2post3post4

post3

noun

  • 1A position of paid employment; a job.

    ‘he resigned from the post of Foreign Minister’
    ‘a teaching post’
    • ‘Thereafter he was much occupied by the post of Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.’
    • ‘Most of the top administrative posts have been held by officials from outside the province.’
    • ‘Cabinet ministers have had four or more years in post to get a grip of their portfolios and to make an impact.’
    • ‘He held various ministerial posts, and from 1983 supervised the organization of the 1988 Olympic Games.’
    • ‘In 1890 he resigned his teaching post and took up full-time technical training.’
    • ‘He also wants to bag the post of deputy chief minister for the party.’
    • ‘This year 55,000 teaching assistant posts are to be abolished.’
    • ‘Under Sri Lanka's executive presidential system, the post of prime minister is largely ceremonial.’
    • ‘This year alone the university has lost eight senior managers, there has been no permanent finance officer in post for months and the university has failed to recruit to senior posts.’
    • ‘Although there are lofty goals and a variety of future plans, some faculty members believe it will not be enough to create equal gender representation at top posts in the near future.’
    • ‘In addition, a position allowance is typically paid to employees holding formal supervisory posts in the firm.’
    • ‘In July it was estimated that at least 400 teacher and teaching assistant posts will be lost in the Yorkshire region over the next year because of cash shortages.’
    • ‘I call on him to quit smoking immediately or resign his cabinet post.’
    • ‘Seventy-one vacant posts have not been filled following lengthy negotiations between the unions and city finance chiefs.’
    • ‘The filling of those posts was now nearing completion.’
    • ‘Any who were employed were usually in the lowest paid posts and in jobs that had little prospect of professional progress.’
    • ‘He appointed two opposition parliamentarians to fill vacant cabinet posts.’
    • ‘He needs professional experience but won't be offered a paid post in Scotland without professional experience.’
    • ‘Ralph asked me to resign my full-time post and be his assistant, because he needed someone.’
    • ‘A change at the post of U.S. secretary of state is always big news.’
  • 2A place where someone is on duty or where a particular activity is carried out.

    ‘a shift worker asleep at his post’
    ‘a customs post’
    • ‘Alongwith discharging his duties on different posts at different places, he continued his literary pursuits also.’
    • ‘All who have work to do, whether manual, clerical or professional, should regard it as their duty to remain at their posts, and do their part in carrying on the life of the nation.’
    • ‘Over 300, he said, some for desertion, some for cowardice, and two for falling asleep at their posts.’
    • ‘Just beyond the customs post is a sprawling underground shopping mall that is the visitor's introduction to the new China.’
    • ‘In July 1798 French customs posts were established along the Rhine.’
    • ‘They inhabit posts in front of road signs pointing to directionless highways.’
    • ‘But last week travellers set up their homes on the site while the duty guard left his post to take a break for lunch.’
    1. 2.1 A place where a soldier or police officer is stationed or which they patrol.
      ‘he gave the men orders not to leave their posts’
      • ‘Some trucks with equipment and a few dozen soldiers from several posts headed eastwards.’
      • ‘Order will break down in many countries as soldiers and police abandon their posts in order to avoid exposure to the virus.’
      • ‘Plus, all soldiers bound for posts in Germany process through there.’
      • ‘High ranking police officers, in charge of police stations and posts and other policemen took part in the camp.’
      • ‘There are up to 150 military posts with at least 25 soldiers stationed at each post.’
      • ‘When the regime fell, soldiers simply left their posts and ran home, many with as much armament as they could carry.’
      • ‘In an unrelated matter, three of the five police constables who were transferred from the western division have not taken up duty at their assigned posts.’
      • ‘But another officer pleaded with him to stay at his post, carry on with his work, put his friend out of his mind.’
      • ‘When no one answered the telephones in these deserted command posts there was understandable alarm.’
      • ‘Is that not an act of treason to go into a combat-heavy country and entice soldiers into leaving their posts?’
      • ‘In the provinces, customs workers left their posts at the border with Paraguay.’
      • ‘Abandoning a post, drinking on duty and brawling in public are all serious offences in the Garda discipline code.’
      • ‘It is not impossible to either fake travel permits or bribe the soldiers at control posts.’
      • ‘Robert, my brother, used to tell me that a good soldier never leaves his post to fight a battle elsewhere.’
      • ‘In the subsequent period, they began to be integrated with the observation and surveillance posts of other branches of service.’
      • ‘Investigations continue to see whether other police officers deserted their posts during the height of that disaster.’
      • ‘The other soldiers left their posts and huddled around the nuke.’
      • ‘Some distance away, Renee could see a group of soldiers running to their posts.’
      • ‘It appears the security officers on duty left their post to investigate those first two explosions.’
      • ‘The lookout post at Newtownhamilton police station would also be closed.’
    2. 2.2North American A force stationed at a permanent position or camp; a garrison.
      • ‘Usually in the forefront of expansion are the sites of military posts and encampments that protected advancing explorers or soldiers.’
      • ‘There is a requirement for a summer camp of six weeks between the junior and senior year of college conducted at a military post, camp, or station.’
      • ‘The QRF teams respond to potential threats and force protection situations local to their assigned posts.’
      • ‘Steagall had campaigned hard for an army post to be located in his Depression-ravaged home district.’
      • ‘They deliberately point pursuers toward nearby posts and garrisons of other federal troops.’
      • ‘In Oregon, the United States established military posts in 1864 at Camp Alvord and in 1867 at Fort Harney.’
      • ‘The bill also would relax some environmental restrictions at military posts, allowing troops to train in areas previously off limits.’
      • ‘As secretary of war in the Taft administration, he visited the army posts of the Old West in the last years of their existence.’
      • ‘The story seemed to be all over the place, on cattle ranches and in mining camps, at military posts and isolated homesteads.’
      • ‘A final series of surrenders followed as hungry Lakota bands capitulated at military posts along the upper Missouri and Yellowstone.’
      • ‘The military said soldiers fired at two armed men who were approaching an army post.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, a few Indiana regiments from posts in Tennessee and Kentucky did return home for the state election.’
    3. 2.3US A local group in an organization of military veterans.
  • 3historical The status or rank of full-grade captain in the Royal Navy.

    ‘Captain Miller was made post in 1796’

verb

  • 1with object and adverbial Send (someone) to a place to take up an appointment.

    ‘he was posted to Washington as military attaché’
    • ‘Gorcpore in West India was where he was finally posted.’
    • ‘After orientation courses in Dublin and Hong Kong I was posted, along with a number of other Irish TEFL teachers, to the university that had decided to offer me the job.’
    • ‘Finally, in 1961, the couple moved to Antigonish, where Russell was posted by the United Church.’
    • ‘My father was a government servant and we were posted in villages and small towns.’
    • ‘He was also posted in Burma during his tenure there.’
    • ‘Went back to China in 1999 to see how China's changed since she was posted there and do this book.’
    • ‘He was posted in Spain at that time and he helped many Spaniards from escaping.’
    • ‘Actually his affair with East Asia started in 1977 when he was posted at the Czechoslovakian embassy in Hanoi as cultural and press attaché for two years.’
    • ‘Alexander is currently posted in Moscow, his second appointment to Russia.’
    • ‘Busy winding up his stay and work in Delhi where he was posted for the past three years, Adam isn't leaving the country without experiencing the few mandatory chills and thrills of the profession.’
    • ‘From February 1996 to January 1997 he was posted abroad.’
    • ‘Embassy staff members, including 70 posted from Canada, were not scared by the incident, the spokesman said.’
    • ‘Now, after working her fingers to the bone on the EU's behalf, those ungrateful swine in Brussels have decided to punish her yet further by posting her to Paris for the next two years.’
    • ‘She was happy when she was posted in Tamil Nadu.’
    1. 1.1 Station (someone, especially a soldier or police officer) in a particular place.
      ‘a guard was posted at the entrance’
      • ‘They include consistency wherever a member is posted and a single point of contact for standardised, simplified, quicker, service.’
      • ‘The base commander and all of the normal troopers that were posted at Ambine are dead too.’
      • ‘This will mean a reduction in allowances in the future, but the 23 members currently posted there will not be affected.’
      • ‘Applicants must be Army members posted to a Victorian unit, or a unit in Wagga Wagga or Canberra.’
      • ‘The sentries posted at the police stations have been asked to be more polite and friendly so that complainants do not hesitate from coming to the police stations.’
      • ‘Extra police officers are being posted at polling booths and on patrol duties, and France has tightened controls along its border with Spain.’
      • ‘In view of the explosive situation, a posse of policemen has been posted in the village.’
      • ‘He was posted directly to RAF Lyneham to join the Hercules fleet.’
      • ‘Soldiers were posted as guards all around the camp.’
      • ‘I was posted in the Middle East to join the 5th Indian Division at El Alamein.’
      • ‘Soldiers will be posted between the battalions, which implies some sort of merger between regiments.’
      • ‘Sentries were posted at each entrance and under orders to not permit any to pass.’
      • ‘Then we were posted straight to Germany and I was there a few months before I was demobbed in 1947.’
      • ‘He was posted to Malmesbury police station in 2002.’
      • ‘And when he was posted elsewhere and I didn't hear from him again, although it was not unexpected, it sealed my fate.’
      • ‘In 1987 he was posted to the Metropolitan Police Fraud Squad.’
      • ‘A single police constable posted at the multiplex watched helplessly as the mob struck.’
      • ‘New members will be posted as soon as they are named.’
      • ‘Whilst posted ashore I have not been able to park my car in the car park during working hours, however was able to utilise this facility after hours and on weekends.’
      • ‘My husband has been serving in the Forces for fifteen years, and he was posted here in Great Village last July.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from French poste, from Italian posto, from a contraction of popular Latin positum, neuter past participle of ponere ‘to place’.

Pronunciation

post

/pəʊst/

Main definitions of post in English

: post1post2post3post4

post4

preposition

  • Subsequent to; after.

    ‘American poetry post the 1950s hasn't had the same impact’

Origin

1960s: independent usage of post-.

Pronunciation

post

/pəʊst/