From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpostpost1 /pəʊst $ poʊst/ ●●● S2 W2 noun 1 job [countable] formalBEJOB/WORK a job, especially an important one in a large organization SYN position I applied for the post and was asked to attend an interview. She was offered the post of ambassador to India. He will take up his post as Head of Modern Languages in September. Goddard has held the post since 1998. Unfortunately they were unable to find a suitable person to fill the post. Mr Thomson resigned his £50,000 a year post in April. She now holds a senior post in the Department of Education. the creation of 4,000 new teaching posts► see thesaurus at job2 → the post3 letters [uncountable] British EnglishTCMLETTER letters, packages etc that are sent and delivered SYN mail Was there any post for me today? Emma was opening her post.4 collection/delivery [singular, uncountable] British EnglishTCM when letters are collected or delivered SYN mail What time does the post go (=get collected)?(the) first/second/last post (=the first, second etc collection or delivery of letters each day) Applications must arrive by first post on September 23.catch/miss the post (=post your letter in time for it to be collected, or not in time) → by return (of post) at return2(12)5 piece of wood/metal [countable]TB a strong upright piece of wood, metal etc that is fixed into the ground, especially to support something a fence post → bedpost, gatepost(1), lamp-post, signpost1(1)6 football/hockey etc [countable]DS one of the two upright pieces of wood between which players try to kick or hit the ball in football, hockey etc SYN goalpost The ball hit the post and bounced off.7 newspaper [singular] used in the names of some newspapers the ‘Washington Post’8 → somebody’s post9 → border/military/customs/police post10 → the post11 internet message [countable] (also posting) a message sent to an Internet discussion group so that all members of the group can read it There was post after post criticizing the Minister. → as deaf as a post at deaf(1), → be driven/passed from pillar to post at pillar(4), → pip somebody at the post at pip2(1), → first-past-the-postCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: a job, especially an important one in a large organizationverbshold a post (=have a job)He had previously held the post of Foreign Minister.apply for a postI am writing to apply for the post of secretary.take up a post (=start a new job)She will take up her new post next month.leave a postThe previous ambassador left his post in June.resign (from) a post (=leave it)John Sargent has resigned his post as chairman.be dismissed from a post (=be told to leave)As a result of the scandal, he was dismissed from his post.offer somebody a postHe was offered the post of Secretary of State for Wales.appoint somebody to a post (=give someone a job officially)Mr Collingwood has been appointed to the post of Headteacher.fill a post (=find someone to do a job)They have advertised the post but it hasn't yet been filled.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + posta senior postSenior posts in industry attract very high salaries.a junior postHe was offered a junior post in a bank.a permanent/temporary postI have a two-year contract, not a permanent post.a full-time/part-time posta part-time post as a university lecturera teaching postMy first teaching post was in outer London.an administrative postFor the next twelve years, he held various administrative posts in Bombay.a government postI decided to apply for a local government post. COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: verbssend something by postThey sent me the contract by post.put something in the post (=put it in a box to be collected)I put it in the post on Friday, so it should have arrived today.get something in the post (=receive it)Did you get anything in the post today?something comes/arrives in the postThis letter came in the post this morning.something gets lost in the postI'm afraid the cheque must have got lost in the post.adjectivesfirst-class postThe package arrived by first-class post.second-class postItems sent by second-class post can take up to five days to arrive. COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 4: when letters are collected or deliveredadjectivesfirst/second/last post (=the first, second, or last collection or delivery of letters each day)The last post is at 5.30.verbscatch the post (=post your letter in time for it to be collected)He wrote the letter hurriedly because he was anxious to catch the post.miss the post (=not post your letter in time for it to be collected)If I miss the post today, the card won’t arrive on her birthday.the post goes (=it is collected)The first post goes at 7.30 am.
Examples from the Corpuspost• It has been increased by 27 posts.• Was there any post for me this morning?• Her nightgown hung on a bed post.• You will receive the application form by post.• a fence post• The tarp rolled askew, one end wrapped around the goal post.• Paul was opening his post when Margot phoned.• He had found the observation post two miles beyond the outer rim of the Jabal Hamrin.• When he took up his present post at the BBC he was only 23.• Environmentalists supported Murphy as the best candidate for the director's post.• When headmen's posts became vacant, many were sold by the chief headmen to the highest bidder.• She has been offered the post of director of UNICEF.• A niece took over the post office when she married, and it was moved to the present premises.• When the post came, she searched anxiously for his scrawled handwriting.• The post was duly advertised and an appointment was made from the end of June.• the post of deputy environmental secretary• Soldiers are not allowed to leave their posts.teaching posts• Everyone in the profession is aware that some people can be absent from teaching posts and not be missed.• Some former course members have since obtained fulltime teaching posts in adult education.• And several teaching posts may also go.• With half the teaching posts unfilled, only 60 % of children receive an education.opening ... post• Edwina Currie was opening her post, Sir James Spicer was picking his nose.• She was opening the post in her private office at Kensington Palace, a task she usually relished. catch/miss the post• On his return he wrote several letters rather hurriedly because he was anxious to catch the post.fence post• Patrick leaned in satisfaction on a fence post.• I would have been great as a chef, a Mandarin actor, or a fence post.• He was beaten with a fence post and stabbed.• Huge pyres of old railway sleepers and fence posts are being built to burn the bodies.• The legs of those who stood were like fence posts driven into a warm, squirming, farting, sighing earth.• On the right is a worker painting bowling pins the size of fence posts.• Our big thing here recently in the Southwest is displaying boots on fence posts along the highways.• Soldier impaled on fence post tells how he survived.postpost2 ●●● S3 verb [transitive] 1 letter British EnglishTCMSEND to send a letter, package etc by post SYN mail She’s just gone to post a letter.post something (off) to somebody Did you remember to post the card to my parents?post somebody something I posted Barry the cheque last Friday.2 → post something through somebody’s door/letterbox3 jobPMPGOSEND if you are posted somewhere, your employer sends you to work there, usually for several yearsbe posted to France/London etc He joined the British Army and was posted to Germany.be posted abroad/overseasGrammar Post is usually passive in this meaning.4 public notice (also post up)PUT to put up a public notice about something on a wall or notice board The exam results were posted on the bulletin board yesterday.5 guardPMSEND to make someone be in a particular place in order to guard a building, check who enters or leaves a place, watch something etc SYN station Guards were to be posted around nuclear power stations.6 → keep somebody posted7 profit/loss etc especially American English to officially record and announce information about a company’s financial situation or a country’s economic situation Cisco Systems posted record profits and sales for the third fiscal quarter. 8 internet message to put a message or computer document on the Internet so that other people can see it Could you post those new flyers on David’s website?9 → be posted missing10 → post bail→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuspost• I mailed my dad a postcard from Alaska.• It is being centred on the North- east, where the three explosive packages were posted.• Information abounds - piste maps are dispensed beside lift queues, weather forecasts are posted everywhere and broadcast incessantly.• They have posted guards at every door to make sure no one enters the building.• I must remember to post Joey's birthday card.• Sentries are being posted outside all government buildings.• In the third quarter the company posted profits of $14.6 million.• P 500 and the Nasdaq index posted similar advances.• The trading losses were announced as Pier 1 posted strong sales.• Picture yourself posting the letter, and feeling that it was a simple matter after all!• If no journal is maintained, transactions would simply be posted to the ledger as they occurred.• Tickets will be posted to you unless otherwise requested.• Rangers have posted warnings at the entrance to the trails.post something (off) to somebody• Paul Bosvelt's cross to the near post appeared to be converted by Kluivert and was credited as such by the referee.• Closed health posts will need to be reopened.• The posts had to be two yards apart to support the net, which meant there were four hundred of them!• Earlier, Craggs had kicked a penalty and then hit the post when attempting to convert Steve Towns' try.• Preand post tour packages to New Orleans are also available.• He was posted first to Reading, and was soon proving himself a soldier and horseman of rare incompetence.• He's being posted out to the West Indies and he's asked her to marry him and go with him.• This new software also lets you post documents to the World Wide Web.posted ... profits ... sales• Santa Clara-based 3Com Corp. yesterday posted record profits and sales for the third fiscal quarter ended February 29. post-post- /pəʊst $ poʊst/ prefix XXlater than or after something the post-war years (=the years after a particular war) the post-1979 Conservative governmentPost, thethe PostPost, the 1 the Washington Post2 the New York Post3 the Sunday PostFrom Longman Business Dictionarypost-post- /pəʊstpoʊst/ prefix later than, afterdeveloping a post-acquisition strategyIts share price rocketed from its post-crash low. → compare pre-postpost1 /pəʊstpoʊst/ noun1the post especially British English the official system for sending and receiving letters, parcels etcSYNMAILitems that are lost or damaged in the postWe’ve cut our costs by usingfirst class post only for urgent items.Winners will be notified by post.A copy of the document should be sent in the post.Only 2% of those questioned would choose to buy a policy through the post. → see also Freepost2[singular, uncountable] especially British English a time when letters are collected or deliveredPlace items in the out-tray by 4.45 to meet the last post.3by return (of) post if you reply to a letter by return of post, you reply almost immediatelySend payment by return of post.4[uncountable] British English letters, parcels etcSYNMAILWas there any post for me today?She always opens her post when she arrives.5[countable, uncountable]JOB a job, especially an important or well paid oneSYNPOSITIONHow long did you hold your previous post?The bank chief plans to resign his post (=leave it) later this year.Most of the executives interviewed had already been in post for 12 months.6[countable]COMPUTING a message sent to an Internet discussion group so that all members of the group can read itSYNposting → see also trading postpostpost2 verb [transitive]1especially British English to send a letter, parcel etc using the official serviceSYNmail AmEthe correct way to pack and protect the items you postShareholders will be sent details in a newsletter due to be posted today.2FINANCE to offically record and announce results for a company or information about the economyThe groupposted a 25%gain in second-quarter net income.The company shed a point afterposting a second-quarter loss of 35 cents a share.Shares closed lower as the government posted worse inflation figures than the City expected.3ACCOUNTING to enter a figure in a LEDGER (=a book used by a company to record money received or spent)post something to somethingThe billing office will check that all charges have been posted to the guest’s account.4COMPUTING to put a message or computer document on the Internet so that other people can see itIf companies post information on a web page, everyone has access to it.5post bail → see under bail1→ See Verb tableOrigin post- Latin post “after”