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  1. a strong piece of timber, metal, or the like, set upright as a support, a point of attachment, a place for displaying notices, etc.
  2. Furniture. one of the principal uprights of a piece of furniture, as one supporting a chair back or forming one corner of a chest of drawers.Compare stump(def 11).
  3. Papermaking. a stack of 144 sheets of handmolded paper, interleaved with felt.
  4. Horse Racing. a pole on a racetrack indicating the point where a race begins or ends: the starting post.
  5. the lane of a racetrack farthest from the infield; the outside lane.Compare pole1(def 4).
  6. Digital Technology.
    1. an online message that is submitted to a message board or electronic mailing list.
    2. text, images, etc., that are placed on a website: a blog post.
  7. a thin metal bar affixed to the back of an earring and designed to pass through a pierced earlobe.
verb (used with object)
  1. to affix (a notice, bulletin, etc.) to a post, wall, or the like.
  2. to bring to public notice by or as by a poster or bill: to post a reward.
  3. to denounce by a public notice or declaration: They were posted as spies.
  4. to publish the name of in a list: to post a student on the dean's list.
  5. to publish the name of (a ship) as missing or lost.
  6. to placard (a wall, fence, etc.) with notices, bulletins, etc.: The wall was posted with announcements.
  7. to put up signs on (land or other property) forbidding trespassing: The estate has been posted by the owner.
  8. Digital Technology.
    1. to submit (an online message) to a message board or electronic mailing list.
    2. to place (text, images, etc.) on a website: I just posted some photos of my trip.
verb (used without object)
  1. Digital Technology.
    1. to submit an online message to a message board or electronic mailing list.
    2. to place text, images, etc., on a website.

Origin of post1

before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Latin postis a post, doorpost, whence also Dutch, Low German post, German Pfosten
Related formspost·less, adverbpost·like, adjective


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1. column, pillar, pile, pole. 8. announce, advertise, publicize.


  1. a position of duty, employment, or trust to which one is assigned or appointed: a diplomatic post.
  2. the station or rounds of a person on duty, as a soldier, sentry or nurse.
  3. a military station with permanent buildings.
  4. a local unit of a veterans' organization.
  5. trading post.
  6. a place in the stock exchange where a particular stock is traded.
  7. (in the British military services) either of two bugle calls (first post and last post) giving notice of the time to retire for the night, similar in purpose to the U.S. taps.
  8. the body of troops occupying a military station.
verb (used with object)
  1. to place or station at a post.
  2. to provide or put up, as bail.
  3. to appoint to a post of command.

Origin of post2

1590–1600; < French poste < Italian posto < Latin positum, neuter of positus, past participle of pōnere to place, put; cf. posit


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1. assignment.

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1. See appointment.


  1. Chiefly British.
    1. a single dispatch or delivery of mail.
    2. the mail itself.
    3. the letters and packages being delivered to a single recipient.
    4. an established mail system or service, especially under government authority.
  2. British. post office(def 1).
  3. (formerly) one of a series of stations along a route, for furnishing relays of men and horses for carrying mail, currency, etc.
  4. (formerly) a person who traveled express, especially over a fixed route, carrying mail, currency, etc.
  5. Printing. a size of printing paper or, especially in Britain, of drawing or writing paper, about 16 × 20 inches (41 × 51 cm).
  6. post octavo, a size of book, from about 5 × 8 inches to 5.25 × 8.25 inches (13 × 20 cm to 13.33 × 21 cm), untrimmed, in America; 5 × 8 inches (13 × 20 cm), untrimmed, in England. Abbreviation: post 8vo
  7. post quarto, Chiefly British. a size of book, about 8 × 10 inches (20 × 25 cm), untrimmed. Abbreviation: post 4vo
verb (used with object)
  1. Chiefly British. to place in a post office or a mailbox for transmission; mail.
  2. Bookkeeping.
    1. to transfer (an entry or item), as from the journal to the ledger.
    2. to enter (an item) in due place and form.
    3. to make all the requisite entries in (the ledger, etc.).
  3. to supply with up-to-date information; inform: Keep me posted on his activities.
verb (used without object)
  1. Manège. to rise from and descend to the saddle in accordance with the rhythm of a horse at a trot.
  2. to travel with speed; go or pass rapidly; hasten.
  1. with speed or haste; posthaste.
  2. by post or courier.
  3. with post horses.

Origin of post3

1500–10; < French poste < Italian posta < Latin posita, feminine of positus, past participle of pōnere to place, put. See post2


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10. notify, advise, apprise.


  1. Charles William,1854–1914, U.S. businessman: developed breakfast foods.
  2. Emily Price,1873?–1960, U.S. writer on social etiquette.
  3. George Browne,1837–1913, U.S. architect.
  4. Wiley,1899–1935, U.S. aviator.


  1. a prefix, meaning “behind,” “after,” “later,” “subsequent to,” “posterior to,” occurring originally in loanwords from Latin (postscript), but now used freely in the formation of compound words (post-Elizabethan; postfix; postgraduate; postorbital).

Origin of post-

< Latin, combining form representing post (adv. and preposition)
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  1. a length of wood, metal, etc, fixed upright in the ground to serve as a support, marker, point of attachment, etc
  2. horse racing
    1. either of two upright poles marking the beginning (starting post) and end (winning post) of a racecourse
    2. the finish of a horse race
  3. any of the main upright supports of a piece of furniture, such as a four-poster bed
verb (tr)
  1. (sometimes foll by up) to fasten or put up (a notice) in a public place
  2. to announce by means of or as if by means of a posterto post banns
  3. to publish (a name) on a list

Word Origin

Old English, from Latin postis; related to Old High German first ridgepole, Greek pastas colonnade


  1. a position to which a person is appointed or elected; appointment; job
  2. a position or station to which a person, such as a sentry, is assigned for duty
  3. a permanent military establishment
  4. British either of two military bugle calls (first post and last post) ordering or giving notice of the time to retire for the night
  5. See trading post (def. 1), trading post (def. 2)
  1. (tr) to assign to or station at a particular place or position
  2. mainly British to transfer to a different unit or ship on taking up a new appointment, etc

Word Origin

C16: from French poste, from Italian posto, ultimately from Latin pōnere to place


  1. mainly British letters, packages, etc, that are transported and delivered by the Post Office; mail
  2. mainly British a single collection or delivery of mail
  3. British an official system of mail delivery
  4. an item of electronic mail made publicly available
  5. (formerly) any of a series of stations furnishing relays of men and horses to deliver mail over a fixed route
  6. a rider who carried mail between such stations
  7. British another word for pillar box
  8. British short for post office
  9. a size of writing or printing paper, 15 1/4 by 19 inches or 16 1/2 by 21 inches (large post)
  10. any of various book sizes, esp 5 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches (post octavo) and 8 1/4 by 10 1/4 inches (post quarto)
  11. by return of post British by the next mail in the opposite direction
  1. (tr) mainly British to send by postUS and Canadian word: mail
  2. (tr) to make (electronic mail) publicly available
  3. (tr) accounting
    1. to enter (an item) in a ledger
    2. (often foll by up)to compile or enter all paper items in (a ledger)
  4. (tr) to inform of the latest news (esp in the phrase keep someone posted)
  5. (intr) (of a rider) to rise from and reseat oneself in a saddle in time with the motions of a trotting horse; perform a rising trot
  6. (intr) (formerly) to travel with relays of post horses
  7. archaic to travel or dispatch with speed; hasten
  1. with speed; rapidly
  2. by means of post horses

Word Origin

C16: via French from Italian poste, from Latin posita something placed, from pōnere to put, place


abbreviation for
  1. point of sales terminal


  1. after in time or sequence; following; subsequentpostgraduate
  2. behind; posterior topostorbital

Word Origin

from Latin, from post after, behind
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Word Origin and History for post


"a timber set upright," from Old English post "pillar, doorpost," and Old French post "post, upright beam," both from Latin postis "door, post, doorpost," perhaps from por- "forth" (see pro-) + stare "to stand" (see stet). Similar compound in Sanskrit prstham "back, roof, peak," Avestan parshti "back," Greek pastas "porch in front of a house, colonnade," Middle High German virst "ridepole," Lithuanian pirstas, Old Church Slavonic pristu "finger" (PIE *por-st-i-).


"place when on duty," 1590s, from Middle French poste "place where one is stationed," also, "station for post horses" (16c.), from Italian posto "post, station," from Vulgar Latin *postum, from Latin positum, neuter past participle of ponere "to place, to put" (see position (n.)). Earliest sense in English was military; meaning "job, position" is attested 1690s.


"mail system," c.1500, "riders and horses posted at intervals," from post (n.2) on notion of riders and horses "posted" at intervals along a route to speed mail in relays, probably formed on model of Middle French poste in this sense (late 15c.). Meaning "system for carrying mail" is from 1660s.


"to put up bail money," 1781, from one of the nouns post, but which one is uncertain. Related: Posted; posting.


"to affix (a paper, etc.) to a post" (in a public place), hence, "to make known," 1630s, from post (n.1). Related: Posted; posting.


in bookkeeping, "to transfer from a day book to a formal account," 1620s, from post (n.2) via a figurative sense of "carrying" by post horses. Related: Posted; posting.


"to send through the postal system," 1837, from post (n.3). Earlier, "to travel with relays of horses" (1530s). Related: Posted; posting.


"to station at a post," from post (n.2). Related: Posted; posting.


1540s, "with post horses," hence, "rapidly;" especially in the phrase to ride post "go rapidly," from post (n.3).


word-forming element meaning "after," from Latin post "behind, after, afterward," from *pos-ti (cf. Arcadian pos, Doric poti "toward, to, near, close by;" Old Church Slavonic po "behind, after," pozdu "late;" Lithuanian pas "at, by"), from PIE *apo- (cf. Greek apo "from," Latin ab "away from" see apo-).

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post in Medicine


  1. After; later:postpartum.
  2. Behind; posterior to:postaxial.
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post in Science


  1. A prefix that means “after,” as in postoperative, after an operation, or “behind,” as in postnasal, behind the nose or nasal passages.
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Idioms and Phrases with post


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