post

1 of 8

noun (1)

1
: a piece (as of timber or metal) fixed firmly in an upright position especially as a stay or support : pillar, column
2
: a pole or stake set up to mark or indicate something
especially : a pole that marks the starting or finishing point of a horse race
3
a
b
: a football passing play in which the receiver runs downfield before turning towards the middle of the field
4
: the metal stem of a pierced earring
5
: a metallic fitting attached to an electrical device (such as a storage battery) for convenience in making connections

post

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verb (1)

posted; posting; posts

transitive verb

1
: to affix to a usual place (such as a wall) for public notices : placard
2
a
: to publish, announce, or advertise by or as if by use of a placard
b
: to denounce by public notice
c
: to enter on a public listing
d
: to forbid (property) to trespassers under penalty of legal prosecution by notices placed along the boundaries
e
: score
posted a 70 in the final round
3
: to publish (something, such as a message) in an online forum (such as an electronic message board)

post

3 of 8

noun (2)

1
: something (such as a message) that is published online
2
chiefly British
a
: a nation's organization for handling mail
also : the mail handled
b(1)
: a single dispatch of mail
d
3
archaic
a
: one of a series of stations for keeping horses for relays
b
: the distance between any two such consecutive stations : stage
4
obsolete : courier

post

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verb (2)

posted; posting; posts

transitive verb

1
: to make familiar with a subject : inform
kept her posted on the latest gossip
2
: mail
post a letter
3
a
: to transfer or carry from a book of original entry to a ledger
b
: to make transfer entries in
4
archaic : to dispatch in haste

intransitive verb

1
: to rise from the saddle and return to it in rhythm with a horse's trot
2
: to ride or travel with haste : hurry
3
: to travel with post-horses

post

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adverb

: with post-horses : express

post

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noun (3)

1
a
: the place at which a soldier is stationed
especially : a sentry's beat or station
b
: a station or task to which one is assigned
c
: the place at which a body of troops is stationed : camp
d
: a local subdivision of a veterans' organization
e
: one of two bugle calls sounded (as in the British army) at tattoo
2
a
: an office or position to which a person is appointed
b
: an area on a basketball court that is located just outside the free throw lane usually near the basket
also : the offensive position of a player occupying the post
3
b
: a trading station on the floor of a stock exchange

post

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verb (3)

posted; posting; posts

transitive verb

1
a
: to station in a given place
guards were posted at the doors
b
: to carry ceremoniously to a position
posting the colors
2
chiefly British : to assign to a unit, position, or location (as in the military or civil service)
3
: to put up
O'Brien claims city cops roughed him up and refused to let him post bond.Jeffrey Ressner

post-

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prefix

1
a
: after : subsequent : later
postdate
b
: behind : posterior : following after
postlude
postconsonantal
2
a
: subsequent to : later than
postoperative
b
: posterior to
postorbital

Examples of post in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
As a result, readers of the second-generation post are misled, which is what happened here. Joedy McCreary, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2024 In the comment section of the post, Obidi offered an update on her condition. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 12 Apr. 2024 The investigation also impacted the MSP post in West Branch, in Ogemaw County. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 12 Apr. 2024 The accident at mile post 53, near South Vista Avenue, reduced traffic to three lanes. Angela Palermo, Idaho Statesman, 12 Apr. 2024 The pop legend, 65, shared a carousel post on April 11 that featured snaps of her and her children at her 23-year-old’s new art exhibition held in the Miami Design District. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 12 Apr. 2024 Despite her recounting, the Raleigh Police Department shared they hadn’t been contacted about any threats or harassment but acknowledged there’d been social media posts related to Liberation Station. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 12 Apr. 2024 The social media posts began soon after Alex Vesia gave up a key home run in the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to Minnesota on Wednesday: When will the Dodgers do something about Vesia? Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 At least one post nodded to antisemitic tropes about Jewish power. Hannah Allam, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2024
Verb
Not only Power 105 but its parent company iHeartRadio — the country’s largest radio network — have posted the song, which also supports its authenticity. Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 14 Apr. 2024 When parts of the book were posted to Facebook, Hanson said the library began receiving online threats. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 13 Apr. 2024 Using the alias, Berman also posted fake messages about the biotech firm to investors on message boards to gin up enthusiasm and artificially pump up the company’s stock price. Amanda Gerut, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2024 According to the Indiana Statesman, Indiana State University's campus newspaper, the discriminatory remarks were originally posted to Yik Yak. Marina Johnson, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Apr. 2024 Cuba also fell under Rocha's purview during his stint at the National Security Council and while he was posted at the U.S. mission in Havana in the 1990s. Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, 12 Apr. 2024 The rumor was originally posted to X (formerly Twitter) and claimed that Gomez and Schlossberg — who's the son of Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg — dated from 2020 to 2021. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 12 Apr. 2024 The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday that Talyn Vigil, 17, posted bail. Elena Santa Cruz, The Arizona Republic, 12 Apr. 2024 But it was posted on a website for scholarly papers in December and has caught the attention of national and state insurance officials and observers. Lawrence Mower, Miami Herald, 12 Apr. 2024
Adverb
Brimming with midcentury character, the 3,700-square-foot home features post-and-beam construction, tongue-and-groove ceilings and walls of glass. Spencer Elliott, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023 Both appeared energetic in media interviews post-landing, although detailed medical results were not disclosed. Elizabeth Howell, Discover Magazine, 15 Feb. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin postis; probably akin to Latin por- forward and to Latin stare to stand — more at portend, stand

Noun (2)

Middle French poste relay station, courier, from Old Italian posta relay station, from feminine of posto, past participle of porre to place, from Latin ponere — more at position

Noun (3)

Middle French poste, from Old Italian posto, from past participle of porre to place

Prefix

Middle English, from Latin, from post; akin to Lithuanian pas at, Greek apo away from — more at of

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

circa 1640, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun (2)

1507, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb (2)

1533, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3

Adverb

1549, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb (3)

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of post was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near post

Cite this Entry

“Post.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/post. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

post

1 of 7 noun
1
: a piece of timber or metal fixed upright especially as a support : pillar
2
: a pole or stake set up as a marker
the starting post
3
: a metallic fixture attached to an electrical device (as a battery) for making connections

post

2 of 7 verb
1
a
: to fix notices to or on a suitable place (as a bulletin board)
b
: to publish or announce by or as if by a notice
posted the students' grades
2
: to forbid persons from entering or using by putting up warning notices
post a trout stream
3
: score entry 2 sense 1a
posted a 72 for the round
4
: to publish (as a message) in an online forum

post

3 of 7 noun
1
chiefly British : postal service
2
chiefly British : the mail handled by the post
3
chiefly British : a single shipment of mail
4
: something (as a message) that is posted online

post

4 of 7 verb
1
: to ride or travel with haste : hurry
2
3
: to transfer a bookkeeping item from a book of original entry to an account book
4
: to make familiar with a subject : inform

post

5 of 7 noun
1
a
: the place at which a soldier or guard is stationed
b
: a station or task to which a person is assigned
c
: a place to which troops are assigned : camp
2
: an office or position to which a person is appointed
3

post

6 of 7 verb
1
: to station in a given place
post a guard
2
: to give as a guarantee of payment
post a bond

post-

7 of 7 prefix
1
a
: after : later
postdate
b
: behind
2
: following : later than
postscript
Etymology

Noun

Old English post "an upright timber for support, pillar," from Latin postis (same meaning)

Noun

from early French poste "a relay station, one who carries messages," from early Italian posta "relay station," derived from porre (verb) "to place," from Latin ponere "to place" — related to post entry 5

Noun

from early French poste "place where soldiers are stationed," from early Italian posto (same meaning), derived from porre (verb) "to place," from Latin ponere "to place" — related to post entry 3

Prefix

derived from Latin post "after, later"

Legal Definition

post

transitive verb
: to put up (as bond)
post bail

Biographical Definition

Post

biographical name

Emily 1872–1960 née Price American columnist and writer

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