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 to support something or as a marker.

    ‘follow the blue posts until the track meets a forestry road’
    • ‘What are the advantages and disadvantages of metal posts versus wood posts?’
    • ‘Determine the length you'll need and purchase a prefabricated metal railing with posts from a lumberyard or home center.’
    • ‘The structure is supported by tall posts rising from the sloping site.’
    • ‘Two panels hang from posts with heavy strap hinges so they can swing open for loading bulky furniture and garden supplies.’
    • ‘There is barely a scrap of bare metal on the stanchions, pillars, posts, railings, and decking ribs.’
    • ‘Adam covered her hand resting on the top fence post with his.’
    • ‘If you are resting the girder on top of the posts, use metal fasteners.’
    • ‘In addition, the mounts are encircled by bands supporting balustered posts, each with a suspension ring.’
    • ‘She got up from the ground shakily and latched onto a post for support.’
    • ‘He winked at her and led her to a metal post sticking out of the ground.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the Roman period, below-ground silos are replaced by granaries, often with suspended floors supported on timber or stone posts.’
    • ‘Use a brush to paint the posts, horizontal supports, gates, and other hardware to complete each section.’
    • ‘Rudy grabbed him on the shoulder and propelled him towards the nearest fence post.’
    • ‘Pier blocks serve as a transition from the posts supporting the girder to the concrete foundation footings.’
    • ‘The experts reckon the house originally has a thatched or cut wood roof supported by a wattle wall and timber posts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The accident revealed that timber posts supporting the metal barriers were inadequate and even rotten in places.’
    pole, stake, upright, shaft, prop, support, picket, strut, pillar, pale, paling, column, piling, standard, stanchion, pylon, stave, rod, newel, baluster, jamb, bollard, mast
    fence post, gatepost, finger post, king post
    milepost
    palisade
    puncheon, shore
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    1. 1.1A goalpost.
      ‘Robertson, at the near post, headed wide’
      • ‘However the goalkeeper's trailing arm got the slightest of touches to deflect the ball wide of the post.’
      • ‘His 55th-minute shot looked destined to nestle in the net - only to rebound back off the near post and to safety.’
      • ‘From the narrowest of angles he took aim at an empty net but saw his shot rebound from the near post.’
      • ‘He opened the scoring after nine minutes, squeezing the ball into the net by the near post.’
      • ‘The ball bobbled viciously as it approached the near post, but Miller adroitly launched himself into its path.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The ball hit the right-hand post and rebounded into the net, far beyond Butler's despairing dive.’
      • ‘He beat his marker and dribbled into the penalty area but his shot was high and wide of the near post.’
      • ‘His low cross was met by Martin at the near post, and he touched it over the crossbar.’
      • ‘On a good day the kick would have been easy, but the wind blew the ball on to the post to rebound out.’
      • ‘Martin struck the rebound inches wide of the right post when a goal would have been the easier option.’
      • ‘But poor tackling let Melrose back into the game with a try near the posts.’
      • ‘When he gets the ball anywhere near the posts, he shoots.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He went round two and under the posts for a try which Smith again improved.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘O'Donnell raced in under the posts for a converted try on 60 minutes.’
    2. 1.2A starting post or winning post.
      • ‘He admitted he was relieved to have passed the post first on what will be remembered as one of racing's greatest days.’
      • ‘Ballingarry, third in the Irish Derby and St Leger, strode past the post to take 12 points in the World standings.’
      • ‘Points are awarded to the first five horses past the post.’
      • ‘Does anybody else think the winning jockey's Cheltenham salute as they pass the post is getting beyond the bounds of sensibility and safety?’
      • ‘In the third race the ‘dead cert’ Rooster Booster got pipped at the post.’
      • ‘By the time Rakti had reached the post yesterday he seemed to have calmed.’
      • ‘Lake Austin has never been worse than second in five trips to the post and is exiting a Churchill Downs allowance score.’
      • ‘Peter O'Sullevan commentated and I still remember that moment as Merryman passed the post.’
      • ‘I think there were people who bet against him yesterday who were cheering him past the post.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2A piece of writing, image, or other item of content published online, typically on a blog or social media website.

    • ‘My previous post was written in a bad mood (got to stop doing that).’
    • ‘My objection was to having to supply my information just to follow your content, which your post implies is necessary.’
    • ‘We ask them to pay for the infrastructure, which is just a post and software.’
    • ‘Anyway, Mark puts a better argument than me so go read his original post.’
    • ‘There has been numerous posts on this weblog of spammers and virus writers making money out of their criminal activities.’
    • ‘You can also blog when you don't have a connection and save your post for uploading later.’
    • ‘Podcasting is a lot more difficult than dashing off a post on a weblog.’
    • ‘Remember: e-mail and newsgroup posts are not secure venues for volunteering your credit card information.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You are still free to hit the more recent posts with comments though.’
    • ‘I should be preparing for my meeting with my manager this afternoon, but instead I am setting up email blogging and photo posts!’
    • ‘Steve's post below reminded me of an article I wrote a couple of years ago.’
    • ‘Yesterday's post reminded me of the issue of pulling the tags off of product and machinery.’
    • ‘I apologise for the lack of preamble to yesterday's last 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, here's an onion I drew to liven up today's post.’
    • ‘Over the summer we had a post about the power internet message boards hold over the making of movies.’
    • ‘Got my car fixed, for those who have read my previous post on the subject.’
    • ‘I think maybe you misread my original post.’

verb

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

    ‘a curt notice had been posted on the door’
    ‘the exam results were posted this morning’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Notices have been posted at the sites urging the public to stay away and wardens will be patrolling to enforce the request.’
    • ‘A notice will be posted on the Public Construction Commission's Web site today, he said.’
    • ‘If you read it before this notice was posted, you might take another look at the second half.’
    • ‘A notice was posted on the box office doors to announce the postponement ‘due to inclement weather’.’
    • ‘Yesterday the curtains of the house were drawn and two notices were posted in the windows.’
    • ‘But you should maybe have posted a notice in the journal a month ago when it was actually released in the shops.’
    • ‘The Thursday Programming Schedule is now posted but you don't need to read it since you'll only be going to my panels.’
    • ‘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 time of its closure, a notice was posted on the main gate saying the premises had been shut for redecoration.’
    • ‘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 council spokesman said notices were posted in the area and residents who were within a certain radius of the proposed mast were consulted.’
    • ‘Six policemen were wedged against the gates by the crush of people when the notice was posted on the prison gates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We posted a notice on the website and the new information went out with the second and third batch of letters.’
    affix, attach, fasten, hang, display, put up
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    1. 1.1Put 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’
    • ‘Profits have grown appreciably over the last four years, and today they posted a 5% rise in interim profits to £1.9m.’
    • ‘The JSE-listed financial services group this week posted its interim results for the six months just ended.’
    • ‘The company posted respectable results for the year ended 31 March, 2005 but is still struggling to get its Japanese division back on track.’
    • ‘However, earnings forecasts may be lifted a little as the interim results it posted today where above expectations.’
    • ‘They probably would have posted some unrealized stock losses in the second quarter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its sister company also posted its results for the year ended March 31.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The company is in a good financial state and has posted positive financial results.’
    • ‘The logistics firm posts interim results and offered a mixed picture of what they are likely to be at its last trading statement.’
    • ‘A similar deficit is likely to be posted for this financial year.’
    • ‘In recent weeks, the mortgage lender has given back some of its gains, after it posted an exceptional half-year set of results.’
    • ‘The provider has posted improved financial results for the first half of the year thanks to the uptake of broadband services throughout Europe.’
    • ‘Only one in five of the major global pharmaceutical companies posting results last week was able to announce an increase in profits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Breweries posted better than expected results’
    • ‘As demand continues to accelerate in coming months, earnings will post even stronger results.’
    announce, report, make known, advertise, publish, publicize, circulate, broadcast
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    1. 2.1[with object and complement]Publish the name of (a member of the armed forces) as missing or dead.
      ‘a whole troop had been posted missing’
      • ‘After the attack, the company had posted him missing, presumed dead.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘More fliers, bearing a photo of the deceased, are posted announcing the occasion.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2Publish (a piece of writing, image, or other item of content) online, typically on a blog or social media website.
      ‘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’
      • ‘Sometimes the netizens would post messages on the Internet, telling him which song they most wanted to hear.’
      • ‘Fans have posted messages of sympathy on the site's bulleting board.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They have posted messages on a private newsgroup making suggestions about the extent of the services she offers.’
      • ‘As events unfolded, newsgroups and bulletin boards began posting messages of shock and sympathy - by evening, it was a torrent.’
      • ‘They then posted numerous messages to bulletin boards that exaggerated the value of the company.’
      • ‘He posted messages on Web sites and newsgroups in the hope that someone might be around to help him.’
      • ‘Many sites on the Internet also let you to post messages in forum and even facilitate to chat with friends while you play.’
      • ‘Smart pens have become the latest way to post messages to online diaries, or weblogs, while on the move.’
      • ‘In time, I may decide to send an e-mail their way or post a few messages on their discussion boards.’
      • ‘Our ambitious, resourceful nursing student should also consider posting messages with news groups devoted to the nursing profession.’
      • ‘If you by chance post my message on your web site, please blank out my email.’
      • ‘First they have their own food blogs to maintain, posting messages online about what they cooked, where they ate, and how they liked it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My friend was sacked as a result of the messages he posted on a newsgroup.’
      • ‘The company also refuses to allow the union to post messages on a bulletin board.’
      • ‘First, students have little intrinsic motivation to post messages in course newsgroups.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 3(of a player or team) achieve or record (a particular score or result)

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

Phrasal Verbs

  • post up

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

      • ‘‘I definitely feel more comfortable facing the basket than posting up,’ Brown says.’
      • ‘For example, it's difficult to stop players who post up near the basket.’
      • ‘If their big player posts up near the basket, have the defender play in front of the big player.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

Old English, from Latin postis doorpost later rod, beam probably reinforced in Middle English by Old French post pillar, beam and Middle Dutch and Middle Low German post doorpost.

Pronunciation:

post

/pōst/

Main definitions of post in English

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noun

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

    ‘winners will be notified by post’
    ‘the tickets are in the post’
    • ‘And that could sound the death knell for Britain's universal post service.’
    • ‘I will provide a doctor's certificate by post, which will confirm my current state of health.’
    • ‘Sending them by post was a service that has won much appreciation from people.’
    • ‘Rule 99 makes it plain that section 8 is subject to the provisions for service by post.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘England has persuaded itself it invented the letter post.’
    • ‘First-class post services in York have improved, despite problems across the region as Royal Mail failed to meet a raft of targets.’
    • ‘The winners will be the first entries drawn and will be notified by post.’
    • ‘The winners will be notified by post and all results will be published in the Westmorland Messenger.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The solicitor sent such a letter by ordinary first-class post on 3 August.’
    • ‘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 names will be published in the Gazette on December 10.’
    • ‘I was attracted by this submission, which seems to me to gain some force from the provisions relating to service by post.’
    • ‘Service by post on the Second Defendant was not permitted.’
    • ‘Applicants will be selected at random from cheques and notified by post.’
    • ‘Sackloads of bulbs were delivered by post and by hand.’
    • ‘If any grades finally are changed as a result of being reviewed, schools and colleges will be notified by post by next Tuesday.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Letters and parcels delivered.
      ‘she was opening her post’
      • ‘The people plan to stick a label across their letter boxes and decline post as part of their campaign of boycott.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A York resident today slammed the Royal Mail for delivering her post seven hours later than it used to.’
      • ‘These days there's a fish farm, post is delivered by van, McCabe's is a seasonal guest house and the pub has gone.’
      • ‘Customers could set their watches by the times their post was delivered and the service they received was second to none.’
      • ‘The system, which scanned post and official documents so they could be fired off to the relevant people, worked fantastically on one computer.’
      • ‘Priority is being given to business mail with the aim of having all such post delivered by 10 am.’
      • ‘Now she has had the front door replaced without a letterbox and her post is delivered to the Post Office in Bingley.’
      • ‘This also had the consequence in many of the affected post offices of delaying post by an hour or more.’
      • ‘The Royal Mail has told him they would continue to deliver his post when they were able to do so.’
    2. 1.2[in singular]A single collection or delivery of letters or parcels.
      ‘entries must be received no later than first post on Friday, June 14th’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘We will accept returns completed on a printed copy of the form if you post them by last post on Wednesday 30 January.’
    3. 1.3Used in names of newspapers.
      ‘the Washington Post’
      • ‘Consider the case of The Asian Wall Street Journal compared to South China Morning Post.’
      • ‘Nice article in the Washington Post on white South Africans going to Soweto.’
      • ‘On the up were the Irish Times, the Sunday Business Post and Ireland on Sunday.’
      • ‘Finally, some news just in about The Sunday Business Post's New Year's Political Quiz.’
      • ‘He won a Pulitzer Prize for a series he wrote for the Post on the West Point class of 1966.’
      • ‘Purdy of The Denver Post is the fifth winner of the Aldo Leopold Award for Distinguished Editorial Writing.’
      • ‘This led to coverage by National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and ABC News.’
      • ‘Competing with the Weekender for that honour is The Dominion Post, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA.’
      • ‘Only two turned up - from The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Post.’
      • ‘No one at the Post, the Times, ABC, or NBC is doing the same for Fox's journalists.’
      • ‘His cartoons have also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and Saturday Review.’
      • ‘The correspondence was obtained by The Sunday Business Post under the Freedom of Information Act.’
      • ‘The group contains the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, the Spectator, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Jerusalem Post.’
      • ‘This was covered by The Sunday Business Post in last week's Money pages.’
      • ‘Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New York Post, Wired, Money and TV Guide.’
      • ‘This autumn, we are publishing a book, Reporting Yorkshire: 250 Years of the Yorkshire Post.’
      • ‘The winner will be announced in The Sunday Business Post on February 18.’
      • ‘The Editor, Yorkshire Post, Wellington Street, Leeds LS1 1RF.’
  • 2historical One 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, he said that, despite the return address in Pakistan, the letter had been posted in Germany.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I walked out of the house to post a letter - the postbox is less than 100 yards away - and left the door open.’
    • ‘He signed the letter which was posted at the Valley Road sorting office at midnight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And put out the letter that must be posted where it'll be seen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I walked the 200 metres from my house to the village post box to post a letter.’
    • ‘They are particularly keen to speak to a person seen on the film posting a letter in a pillar box.’
    • ‘Printing and posting 500 direct mail letters takes time and money.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Confusingly, second class mail sent to Bath arrived on Saturday, two days before a first class letter which was posted the same day.’
    • ‘My letter was posted in the main post office in Sligo, the capital town of the North West and recently designated gateway growth centre.’
    • ‘So I had to walk to the post office and post my letter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the letter had been posted it would presumably have arrived either on Saturday the 28th or Monday the 30th.’
  • 2[with object] (in bookkeeping) enter (an item) in a ledger.

    ‘post the transaction in the second column’
    • ‘When the payment was posted to the accounts it was in debit, as there was no corresponding asset.’
    • ‘Those transactions that were settled immediately with cash were not posted to the account book, since no indebtedness existed.’
    record, write in, enter, fill in, register, note, list
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    1. 2.1Complete (a ledger) by posting transactions.
  • 3historical [no object] 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.

      • ‘If there's any more news on that I'll keep you posted.’
      • ‘We'll keep you posted on any possible additional developments.’
      • ‘And we'll keep you posted on all developments as they come in.’
      • ‘If there are computers there, I'll keep you posted with news of my high jinks and frolics.’
      • ‘It has come about as a result of continually talking to clients and keeping them posted as events developed.’
      • ‘We'll keep you posted on the latest news and thanks for your support!’
      • ‘We wish the lads the very best and we'll keep you posted on developments.’
      • ‘Thank God the networks are keeping us posted on groundbreaking news, I thought.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I shall keep you posted if I hear of any interesting developments.’
      keep informed, inform, keep up to date, keep in the picture, keep briefed, brief, give someone the latest information, update, fill in, let someone know, advise, notify, apprise, report to
      clue in, keep up to speed
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Origin

Early 16th century ( post): from French poste, from Italian posta, from a contraction of Latin posita, feminine past participle of ponere to place.

Pronunciation:

post

/pōst/

Main definitions of post in English

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noun

  • 1A position of paid employment; a job.

    ‘he resigned from the post of foreign minister’
    ‘a teaching post’
    • ‘He also wants to bag the post of deputy chief minister for the party.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He needs professional experience but won't be offered a paid post in Scotland without professional experience.’
    • ‘A change at the post of U.S. secretary of state is always big news.’
    • ‘This year 55,000 teaching assistant posts are to be abolished.’
    • ‘Thereafter he was much occupied by the post of Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.’
    • ‘He appointed two opposition parliamentarians to fill vacant cabinet posts.’
    • ‘The filling of those posts was now nearing completion.’
    • ‘Ralph asked me to resign my full-time post and be his assistant, because he needed someone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seventy-one vacant posts have not been filled following lengthy negotiations between the unions and city finance chiefs.’
    • ‘In 1890 he resigned his teaching post and took up full-time technical training.’
    • ‘Any who were employed were usually in the lowest paid posts and in jobs that had little prospect of professional progress.’
    • ‘Under Sri Lanka's executive presidential system, the post of prime minister is largely ceremonial.’
    • ‘Cabinet ministers have had four or more years in post to get a grip of their portfolios and to make an impact.’
    • ‘In addition, a position allowance is typically paid to employees holding formal supervisory posts in the firm.’
    • ‘Most of the top administrative posts have been held by officials from outside the province.’
    • ‘I call on him to quit smoking immediately or resign his cabinet post.’
    • ‘He held various ministerial posts, and from 1983 supervised the organization of the 1988 Olympic Games.’
  • 2A place where someone is on duty or where a particular activity is carried out.

    ‘a worker asleep at his post’
    ‘a customs post’
    • ‘In July 1798 French customs posts were established along the Rhine.’
    • ‘Alongwith discharging his duties on different posts at different places, he continued his literary pursuits also.’
    • ‘They inhabit posts in front of road signs pointing to directionless highways.’
    • ‘Over 300, he said, some for desertion, some for cowardice, and two for falling asleep at their posts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But last week travellers set up their homes on the site while the duty guard left his post to take a break for lunch.’
    • ‘Just beyond the customs post is a sprawling underground shopping mall that is the visitor's introduction to the new China.’
    1. 2.1A place where a soldier, guard, or police officer is stationed or that they patrol.
      ‘he gave the two armed men orders not to leave their posts’
      ‘a command post’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the provinces, customs workers left their posts at the border with Paraguay.’
      • ‘High ranking police officers, in charge of police stations and posts and other policemen took part in the camp.’
      • ‘In the subsequent period, they began to be integrated with the observation and surveillance posts of other branches of service.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Is that not an act of treason to go into a combat-heavy country and entice soldiers into leaving their posts?’
      • ‘Some distance away, Renee could see a group of soldiers running to their posts.’
      • ‘It is not impossible to either fake travel permits or bribe the soldiers at control posts.’
      • ‘The lookout post at Newtownhamilton police station would also be closed.’
      • ‘It appears the security officers on duty left their post to investigate those first two explosions.’
      • ‘Robert, my brother, used to tell me that a good soldier never leaves his post to fight a battle elsewhere.’
      • ‘Plus, all soldiers bound for posts in Germany process through there.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Investigations continue to see whether other police officers deserted their posts during the height of that disaster.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The other soldiers left their posts and huddled around the nuke.’
      • ‘Abandoning a post, drinking on duty and brawling in public are all serious offences in the Garda discipline code.’
    2. 2.2North American A force stationed at a permanent position or camp; a garrison.
      • ‘In Oregon, the United States established military posts in 1864 at Camp Alvord and in 1867 at Fort Harney.’
      • ‘The military said soldiers fired at two armed men who were approaching an army post.’
      • ‘As secretary of war in the Taft administration, he visited the army posts of the Old West in the last years of their existence.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, a few Indiana regiments from posts in Tennessee and Kentucky did return home for the state election.’
      • ‘The story seemed to be all over the place, on cattle ranches and in mining camps, at military posts and isolated homesteads.’
      • ‘Steagall had campaigned hard for an army post to be located in his Depression-ravaged home district.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They deliberately point pursuers toward nearby posts and garrisons of other federal troops.’
      • ‘The bill also would relax some environmental restrictions at military posts, allowing troops to train in areas previously off limits.’
      • ‘The QRF teams respond to potential threats and force protection situations local to their assigned posts.’
      • ‘A final series of surrenders followed as hungry Lakota bands capitulated at military posts along the upper Missouri and Yellowstone.’
    3. 2.3US A local group in an organization of military veterans.
  • 3British historical The status or rank of full-grade captain in the Royal Navy.

    ‘Captain Miller was made post in 1796’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Send (someone) to a particular place to take up an appointment.

    ‘he was posted to Washington as military attaché’
    • ‘She was happy when she was posted in Tamil Nadu.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Went back to China in 1999 to see how China's changed since she was posted there and do this book.’
    • ‘From February 1996 to January 1997 he was posted abroad.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Embassy staff members, including 70 posted from Canada, were not scared by the incident, the spokesman said.’
    • ‘He was posted in Spain at that time and he helped many Spaniards from escaping.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gorcpore in West India was where he was finally posted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alexander is currently posted in Moscow, his second appointment to Russia.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Station (someone, especially a soldier, guard, or police officer) in a particular place.
      ‘a guard was posted at the entrance’
      • ‘Soldiers will be posted between the battalions, which implies some sort of merger between regiments.’
      • ‘And when he was posted elsewhere and I didn't hear from him again, although it was not unexpected, it sealed my fate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was posted to Malmesbury police station in 2002.’
      • ‘Applicants must be Army members posted to a Victorian unit, or a unit in Wagga Wagga or Canberra.’
      • ‘Then we were posted straight to Germany and I was there a few months before I was demobbed in 1947.’
      • ‘They include consistency wherever a member is posted and a single point of contact for standardised, simplified, quicker, service.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sentries were posted at each entrance and under orders to not permit any to pass.’
      • ‘My husband has been serving in the Forces for fifteen years, and he was posted here in Great Village last July.’
      • ‘I was posted in the Middle East to join the 5th Indian Division at El Alamein.’
      • ‘A single police constable posted at the multiplex watched helplessly as the mob struck.’
      • ‘Soldiers were posted as guards all around the camp.’
      • ‘He was posted directly to RAF Lyneham to join the Hercules fleet.’
      • ‘This will mean a reduction in allowances in the future, but the 23 members currently posted there will not be affected.’
      • ‘In 1987 he was posted to the Metropolitan Police Fraud Squad.’
      • ‘In view of the explosive situation, a posse of policemen has been posted in the village.’
      • ‘Extra police officers are being posted at polling booths and on patrol duties, and France has tightened controls along its border with Spain.’
      • ‘New members will be posted as soon as they are named.’
      • ‘The base commander and all of the normal troopers that were posted at Ambine are dead too.’

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

/pōst/

Main definitions of post in English

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post4

preposition

  • Subsequent to; after.

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

Origin

1960s: independent usage of post-.

Pronunciation:

post

/pōst/