Definition of post office in US English:

post office


  • 1The public department or corporation responsible for mail services and (in some countries) telecommunications; the postal service.

    • ‘After all that you can only use the post office account for benefits, not general money transactions.’
    • ‘The strike is set to halt postal delivery and post office counter service in the London area.’
    • ‘For the first time in many years An Post recorded a loss on its post office business.’
    • ‘Government still attempts this, with its ridiculous post office and public utility monopolies.’
    • ‘The council is exploring the option of having a community post office service provided within the village.’
    • ‘But she added the project now needed sustained support and for people to patronise the post office if the service was to be safe in the future.’
    • ‘While the petition may win this battle, I don't see the war being won by the post office unless it captures more business.’
    • ‘Americans now get so much junk mail that the post office is recommending that we buy bigger mailboxes.’
    • ‘The point is that money is made by the post office with every transaction that is made there.’
    • ‘He was siphoning off funds from the post office to prop up his flagging retail business, Croydon Crown Court heard.’
    • ‘Freepost is provided by the post office and all involved in the service are volunteers.’
    • ‘His first civil service job was at the post office as a clerk, so he naturally saw the value of images on stamps.’
    • ‘Benefits books sent to the post office by the department had been kept, in effect stolen.’
    • ‘I was so surprised that the health region would trust the post office to get a letter to me in less than five business days.’
    • ‘Martha worked for the post office and also attended classes at the University of Calgary.’
    • ‘Why is it legal to send junk mail via the post office, but if you send it by email it's suddenly illegal?’
    • ‘Many customers fear they will be left without the post office's services permanently.’
    • ‘They operate entirely online, and you pay cheques in via mail or at the post office.’
    post, letters, packages, parcels, correspondence, communications, airmail
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    1. 1.1 A building where postal business is transacted.
      • ‘A decade later there were no less than four churches, as well as a public school and post office.’
      • ‘I picked up a package from the post office on Friday - it was an Easter egg mailed to me by my parents.’
      • ‘He also said the nearby post office would be collecting letters and parcels while the box was sealed.’
      • ‘Karen went to the post office this morning to mail some letters I had written.’
      • ‘A few minutes later Mark called her down so she could go with him to the post office to mail the letters.’
      • ‘When choosing sites for new developments we still place great importance on having a post office and other public amenities nearby.’
      • ‘Then I sat down and made out a $200 check to the Rag and drove down to the post office to mail it.’
      • ‘In the end I did choose to use the Royal Mail service which enables you to collect the parcel from a local post office for a fee of 50p.’
      • ‘I picked up the registered letter from the post office, and sure enough it's a notice to vacate.’
      • ‘Bring your mail to the post office or secure mail box rather than leaving it in a rural box.’
      • ‘I found it hard to bear the service in the railway ticket office, the post office, the bank, etc.’
      • ‘Walk boldly to the post office to send your snail mail, munching on a daily apple as you admire green spaces along the way.’
      • ‘Much in the same way individual mailboxes at a post office receive envelopes of mail.’
      • ‘In the interim people may use the service of any other post office.’
      • ‘We decided to skip the second alternative since the employees at the post office were sour like lemons and equally helpful.’
      • ‘The jury heard that the robberies at the service station and the post office were committed within six hours of each other last April.’
      • ‘One can grab a bite at one of the many food outlets, shop for memories at souvenir stalls and mail a letter from the tiny post office.’
      • ‘They drove to the post office to mail the letter in case someone found it before it could be posted.’
      • ‘There were proposals to turn the old post office into a Royal Mail sorting office but to date no plans have been forthcoming.’
      • ‘I placed my name on a recent letter to the editor about the lousy service at the local post office and I am not sorry that I did.’
      • ‘The next day, he had two errands to run - one was to the post office to mail Laurie's letter.’
  • 2US A game, played especially by children, in which imaginary letters are delivered in exchange for kisses.

    • ‘They met, played ‘post office’ on three dates, got married in 1970, and have been together ever since.’
    • ‘I remember playing Post Office, but I don't remember exactly how it worked - it's funny, but I don't remember any of the boys I kissed, either.’
    • ‘So how do you play Post Office? What are the rules?"’


post office

/ˈpoʊst ˌɔfəs/