postpost1 /pəʊst $ poʊst/ ●●●S2W2 noun1job [countable] formalBEJOB/WORK a job, especially an important one in a large organizationSYN positionI 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 post3letters [uncountable] British EnglishTCMLETTER letters, packages etc that are sent and deliveredSYN mailWas there any post for me today?Emma was opening her post.4collection/delivery [singular, uncountable] British EnglishTCM when letters are collected or deliveredSYN mailWhat 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)5piece of wood/metal [countable]TB a strong upright piece of wood, metal etc that is fixed into the ground, especially to support somethinga fence post →bedpost, gatepost(1), lamp-post, signpost1(1)6football/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 etcSYN goalpostThe ball hit the post and bounced off.7newspaper [singular] used in the names of some newspapersthe ‘Washington Post’8 →somebody’s post9 →border/military/customs/police post10 →the post11internet message [countable] (also posting) a message sent to an Internetdiscussion group so that all members of the group can read itThere was post after post criticizing the Minister. → as deaf as a postat deaf(1), → be driven/passed from pillar to postat pillar(4), → pip somebody at the postat 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.
postpost2 ●●●S3 verb [transitive]1letter British EnglishTCMSEND to send a letter, package etc by postSYN mailShe’s just gone to post a letter.post something (off) to somebodyDid you remember to post the card to my parents?post somebody somethingI posted Barry the cheque last Friday.2 →post something through somebody’s door/letterbox3jobPMPGOSEND if you are posted somewhere, your employer sends you to work there, usually for several yearsbe posted to France/London etcHe joined the British Army and was posted to Germany.be posted abroad/overseasGrammar Post is usually passive in this meaning.4public notice (also post up)PUT to put up a public notice about something on a wall or notice boardThe exam results were posted on the bulletin board yesterday.5guardPMSEND to make someone be in a particular place in order to guard a building, check who enters or leaves a place, watch something etcSYN stationGuards were to be posted around nuclear power stations.6 →keep somebody posted7profit/loss etc especially American English to officially record and announce information about a company’s financial situation or a country’s economic situationCisco Systems posted record profits and sales for the third fiscal quarter.8internet message to put a message or computer document on the Internet so that other people can see itCould you post those new flyers on David’s website?9 →be posted missing10 →post bail→ See Verb table
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post• 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 - pistemaps are dispensed beside liftqueues, weatherforecasts 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 birthdaycard.• Sentries are being posted outside all government buildings.• In the thirdquarter the company postedprofits of $14.6 million.• P 500 and the Nasdaq indexposted 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 postedwarnings 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 rareincompetence.• He's being posted out to the WestIndies 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. yesterdayposted record profits and sales for the third fiscal quarter ended February 29.post-post- /pəʊst $ poʊst/ prefixXXlater than or after somethingthe post-war years (=the years after a particular war)the post-1979 Conservative governmentPost, thethe PostPost, the1the Washington Post2the New York Post3the Sunday PostFrom King Business Dictionarypost-post- /pəʊstpoʊst/ prefixlater than, afterdeveloping a post-acquisition strategyIts share price rocketed from its post-crash low. → comparepre-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 alsoFreepost →registered post2[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 alsotrading 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 underbail1→ See Verb tableOriginpost-Latinpost“after”