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post

noun \ ˈpōst \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of post

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 metallic fitting attached to an electrical device (such as a storage battery) for convenience in making connections
4 a :goalpost
b :a football passing play in which the receiver runs downfield before turning towards the middle of the field
5 :the metal stem of a pierced earring

Origin and Etymology of post

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

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post

verb

Definition of post

transitive verb
1 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
2 :to affix to a usual place (such as a wall) for public notices :placard
3 :to publish (something, such as a message) in an online forum (such as an electronic message board)

First Known Use of post

circa 1640


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post

noun

Definition of post

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

Origin and Etymology of post

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

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post

verb

Definition of post

intransitive verb
1 :to travel with post-horses
2 :to ride or travel with haste :hurry
3 :to rise from the saddle and return to it in rhythm with a horse's trot
transitive verb
1 archaic :to dispatch in haste
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 :to make familiar with a subject :inform
  • kept her posted on the latest gossip

First Known Use of post

1533


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post

adverb

Definition of post

:with post-horses :express

First Known Use of post

1549


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post

noun

Definition of post

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
b :a trading station on the floor of a stock exchange

Origin and Etymology of post

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

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post

verb

Definition of post

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

First Known Use of post

1609


post-

prefix

Definition of post-

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

Origin and Etymology of post-

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


Post

biographical name \ ˈpōst \

Definition of Post

Emily 1872–1960 née Price American columnist and writer


POST Defined for English Language Learners

post-

prefix

Definition of post- for English Language Learners

  • : after or later than


POST Defined for Kids

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post

noun \ ˈpōst \

Definition of post for Students

:a piece of material (as metal or wood) placed firmly in an upright position and used especially as a support or marker

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post

verb

Definition of post for Students

posted; posting
1 :to fasten (as a notice or sign) to a suitable place (as a wall or bulletin board)
2 :to make known publicly as if by putting up a notice
  • A storm warning was posted for our area.
3 :to add (a message) to an online message board
4 :to forbid persons from entering or using by putting up warning notices
  • Officials posted the trout stream.

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post

noun

Definition of post for Students

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) published online

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post

verb

Definition of post for Students

posted; posting
1 :to ride or travel quickly
  • Laurie meanwhile posted off to comfort Amy …
  • —Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
2 :to send by mail
3 :to make aware of recent news about something
  • Keep me posted.

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post

noun

Definition of post for Students

1 :the place where a soldier or guard is stationed
2 :a place where a body of troops is stationed
3 :a place or office to which a person is appointed

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post

verb

Definition of post for Students

posted; posting
:to station in a given place
  • post a guard

post-

prefix

Definition of post- for Students

:after :later :following :behind
  • postscript

Law Dictionary

post

transitive verb

legal Definition of post

:to put up (as bond)
  • post bail


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