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Definitions for post

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word post.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. post, stationnoun

    the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand

    "a soldier manned the entrance post"; "a sentry station"

  2. military post, postnoun

    military installation at which a body of troops is stationed

    "this military post provides an important source of income for the town nearby"; "there is an officer's club on the post"

  3. position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situationnoun

    a job in an organization

    "he occupied a post in the treasury"

  4. postnoun

    an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position

    "he set a row of posts in the ground and strung barbwire between them"

  5. Post, Wiley Postnoun

    United States aviator who in 1933 made the first solo flight around the world (1899-1935)

  6. Post, Emily Post, Emily Price Postnoun

    United States female author who wrote a book and a syndicated newspaper column on etiquette (1872-1960)

  7. Post, C. W. Post, Charles William Postnoun

    United States manufacturer of breakfast cereals and Postum (1854-1914)

  8. mail, postnoun

    any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered

    "your mail is on the table"; "is there any post for me?"; "she was opening her post"

  9. post, stakenoun

    a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track)

    "a pair of posts marked the goal"; "the corner of the lot was indicated by a stake"

  10. mail, mail service, postal service, postnoun

    the system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office

    "the mail handles billions of items every day"; "he works for the United States mail service"; "in England they call mail `the post'"

  11. postverb

    the delivery and collection of letters and packages

    "it came by the first post"; "if you hurry you'll catch the post"

  12. postverb

    affix in a public place or for public notice

    "post a warning"

  13. postverb

    publicize with, or as if with, a poster

    "I'll post the news on the bulletin board"

  14. postverb

    assign to a post; put into a post

    "The newspaper posted him in Timbuktu"

  15. station, post, send, placeverb

    assign to a station

  16. postverb

    display, as of records in sports games

  17. postverb

    enter on a public list

  18. post, carryverb

    transfer (entries) from one account book to another

  19. postverb

    ride Western style and bob up and down in the saddle in rhythm with a horse's trotting gait

  20. stake, postverb

    mark with a stake

    "stake out the path"

  21. post, put upverb

    place so as to be noticed

    "post a sign"; "post a warning at the dump"

  22. mail, post, sendverb

    cause to be directed or transmitted to another place

    "send me your latest results"; "I'll mail you the paper when it's written"

  23. post, brandverb

    mark or expose as infamous

    "She was branded a loose woman"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. POSTnoun

    Etymology: poste, Fr. equis positis cursor.

    In certain places there be always fresh posts, to carry that farther which is brought unto them by the other. George Abbot.

    Thee I’ll rake up, the post unsanctified
    Of murth’rous lechers. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    I fear my Julia would not deign my lines,
    Receiving them by such a worthless post. William Shakespeare.

    A cripple in the way out-travels a footman, or a post out of the way. Ben Jonson, Discov.

    I send you the fair copy of the poem on dulness, which I should not care to hazard by the common post. Alexander Pope.

    I brought my master news of Juliet’s death,
    And then in post he came from Mantua
    To this same monument. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    Sent from Media post to Egypt. John Milton.

    He who rides post through an unknown country, cannot distinguish the situation of places. Dryden.

    The waters rise every where upon the surface of the earth; which new post, when they had once seized on, they would never quit. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    See before the gate what stalking ghost
    Commands the guard, what sentries keep the post. Dryd.

    As I watch’d the gates,
    Lodg’d on my post, a herald is arriv’d
    From Cæsar’s camp. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Whatever spirit careless of his charge
    His post neglects, or leaves the fair at large,
    Shall feel sharp vengeance. Alexander Pope.

    Each of the Grecian captains he represents conquering a single Trojan, while Diomed encounters two at once; and when they are engaged, each in his distinct post, he only is drawn fighting in every quarter. Alexander Pope.

    Every man has his post assigned to him, and in that station he is well, if he can but think himself so. Roger L'Estrange.

    False men are not to be taken into confidence, nor fearful men into a post that requires resolution. Roger L'Estrange.

    Without letters a man can never be qualified for any considerable post in the camp; for courage and corporal force, unless joined with conduct, the usual effects of contemplation, is no more fit to command than a tempest. Collier.

    While you, my lord, the rural shades admire,
    And from Britannia’s publick posts retire,
    Me into foreign realms my fate conveys. Addison.

    Certain laws, by suff’rers thought unjust,
    Deny’d all posts of profit or of trust. Alexander Pope.

    Many thousands there are, who determine the justice or madness of national administrations, whom neither God nor men ever qualified for such a post of judgment. Isaac Watts.

    The blood they shall strike on the two side posts and upper post of the house. Ex. xii. 7.

    Fir-trees, cypresses and cedars being, by a kind of natural rigour, inflexible downwards, are thereby fittest for posts or pillars. Henry Wotton, Architecture.

    Post is equivocal; it is a piece of timber, or a swift messenger. Isaac Watts, Logick.

  2. To Postverb

    Many gentlemen, for their integrity in their votes, were, by posting their names, exposed to the popular calumny and fury. Charles I .

    On pain of being posted to your sorrow,
    Fail not, at four, to meet me. George Granville.

    The conscious priest, who was suborn’d before,
    Stood ready posted at the postern door. Dryden.

    He that proceeds upon other principles in his enquiry into any sciences, puts himself on that side, and posts himself in a party, which he will not quit till he be beaten out. John Locke.

    When a man is posted in the station of a minister, he is sure, beside the natural fatigue of it, to incur the envy of some, and the displeasure of others. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    You have not posted your books these ten years; how should a man of business keep his affairs even at this rate? Arbuthnot.

    I have not stopt mine ears to their demands,
    Nor posted off their suits with slow delays;
    Then why should they love Edward more than me. William Shakespeare.

  3. To Postverb

    To travel with speed.

    Etymology: poster, Fr. from the noun.

    I posted day and night to meet you. William Shakespeare.

    Will you presently take horse with him,
    And with all speed post with him tow’rds the North? William Shakespeare.

    Post speedily to my lord, your husband,
    Shew him this letter. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Most wicked speed, to post
    With such dexterity to incestuous sheets. William Shakespeare.

    Then this, then that man’s aid, they crave, implore;
    Post here for help, seek there their followers. Daniel.

    The Turkish messenger presently took horse, which was there in readiness for him, and posted towards Constantinople with as much speed as he could. Richard Knolles.

    Themistocles made Xerxes post apace out of Greece, by giving out that the Grecians had a purpose to break his bridge of ships athwart the Hellespont. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Wer’t thou of the golden-winged host,
    Who having clad thyself in human weed,
    To earth from thy prefixed seat did’st post. John Milton.

    Thousands at his bidding speed,
    And post o’er land and ocean without rest. John Milton.

    With songs and dance we celebrate the day;
    At other times we reign by night alone,
    And posting through the skies pursue the moon. Dryden.

    No wonder that pastorals are fallen into disesteem; I see the reader already uneasy at this part of Virgil , counting the pages, and posting to the Æneis. William Walsh.

    This only object of my real care,
    In some few posting fatal hours is hurl’d
    From wealth, from pow’r, from love and from the world. Matthew Prior.


  1. post

    (post) Noun: 1. A position or duty assigned to a person, typically in a professional or official capacity. 2. A piece of writing, image, or other content published on a website or social media platform. 3. An upright piece of timber, metal, or other material set firmly in the ground to support something or serve as a marker. Verb: 1. To display or publish (content) on a website or through social media. 2. To assign (someone) to a position or duty.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Postadjective

    hired to do what is wrong; suborned

  2. Postnoun

    a piece of timber, metal, or other solid substance, fixed, or to be fixed, firmly in an upright position, especially when intended as a stay or support to something else; a pillar; as, a hitching post; a fence post; the posts of a house

  3. Postnoun

    the doorpost of a victualer's shop or inn, on which were chalked the scores of customers; hence, a score; a debt

  4. Postnoun

    the place at which anything is stopped, placed, or fixed; a station

  5. Postnoun

    a station, or one of a series of stations, established for the refreshment and accommodation of travelers on some recognized route; as, a stage or railway post

  6. Postnoun

    a military station; the place at which a soldier or a body of troops is stationed; also, the troops at such a station

  7. Postnoun

    the piece of ground to which a sentinel's walk is limited

  8. Postnoun

    a messenger who goes from station; an express; especially, one who is employed by the government to carry letters and parcels regularly from one place to another; a letter carrier; a postman

  9. Postnoun

    an established conveyance for letters from one place or station to another; especially, the governmental system in any country for carrying and distributing letters and parcels; the post office; the mail; hence, the carriage by which the mail is transported

  10. Postnoun

    haste or speed, like that of a messenger or mail carrier

  11. Postnoun

    one who has charge of a station, especially of a postal station

  12. Postnoun

    a station, office, or position of service, trust, or emolument; as, the post of duty; the post of danger

  13. Postnoun

    a size of printing and writing paper. See the Table under Paper

  14. Postverb

    to attach to a post, a wall, or other usual place of affixing public notices; to placard; as, to post a notice; to post playbills

  15. Postverb

    to hold up to public blame or reproach; to advertise opprobriously; to denounce by public proclamation; as, to post one for cowardice

  16. Postverb

    to enter (a name) on a list, as for service, promotion, or the like

  17. Postverb

    to assign to a station; to set; to place; as, to post a sentinel

  18. Postverb

    to carry, as an account, from the journal to the ledger; as, to post an account; to transfer, as accounts, to the ledger

  19. Postverb

    to place in the care of the post; to mail; as, to post a letter

  20. Postverb

    to inform; to give the news to; to make (one) acquainted with the details of a subject; -- often with up

  21. Postverb

    to travel with post horses; figuratively, to travel in haste

  22. Postverb

    to rise and sink in the saddle, in accordance with the motion of the horse, esp. in trotting

  23. Postadverb

    with post horses; hence, in haste; as, to travel post

  24. Etymology: [F. poste, LL. posta station, post (where horses were kept), properly, a fixed or set place, fem. fr. L. positus placed, p. p. of ponere. See Position, and cf. Post a pillar.]


  1. Post

    Post is the third studio album by Icelandic singer-songwriter and musician Björk, released in June 1995. Met with critical and commercial success, Post built on the electronic-pop of previous release Debut and flirted with various other musical styles including big band and trip hop, and featured numerous producers. Post went on to be certified Platinum in various regions including the UK, USA, Canada, Europe and Australia, and produced three UK Top 10 singles.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Post

    pōst, n. a piece of timber fixed in the ground, generally as a support to something else: a pillar.—v.t. to fix on or to a post, or to any conspicuous position, in a public place: to expose to public reproach, to placard as having failed in an examination, &c.—n. Post′er, one who posts bills: a large printed bill or placard for posting.—From pillar to post (see Pillar). [A.S. post—L. postis, a doorpost—ponĕre, to place.]

  2. Post

    pōst, n. a fixed place, as a military station: a fixed place or stage on a road: an office: one who travels by stages, esp. carrying letters, &c.: a public letter-carrier: an established system of conveying letters: (Shak.) a post-horse: (Shak.) haste: a size of writing-paper, double that of common note-paper (so called from the water-mark, a postman's horn).—v.t. to set or station: to put in the post-office: (book-k.) to transfer from the journal to the ledger: to supply with necessary information, as to post up (cf. Well posted up).—v.i to travel with post-horses, or with speed.—adv. with posthorses: with speed.—ns. Post′age, the act of going by post: journey: money paid for conveyance of letters, &c., by post or mail; Post′age-stamp, an adhesive stamp for affixing to letters to show that the postal charge has been paid.—adj. Post′al, of or pertaining to the mail-service.—ns. Post′-bag, a mail-bag; Post′-bill, a way-bill of the letters sent from a post-office; Post′boy, a boy that rides posthorses, or who carries letters; Post′-card, a stamped card on which a message may be sent by post; Post′-chaise, Post′-char′iot, a chaise or carriage with four wheels let for hire for the conveyance of those who travel with posthorses.—v.i. Post′-chaise, to travel by post-chaise.—ns. Post′-day, the day on which the post or mail arrives or departs; Post′er, one who travels by post: (Shak.) a courier: one who travels expeditiously: a posthorse.—adj. Post′-free, delivered by the post without payment.—n. Posthaste′, haste in travelling like that of a post.—adj. speedy: immediate.—adv. with haste or speed.—ns. Post′-horn, a postman's horn: a horn blown by the driver of a mail-coach; Post′horse, a horse kept for posting; Post′house, a house where horses are kept for the use of parties posting: a post-office; Post′man, a post or courier: a letter-carrier; Post′mark, the mark or stamp put upon a letter at a post-office showing the time and place of reception and delivery; Post′master, the manager or superintendent of a post-office: one who supplies posthorses: at Merton College, Oxford, a scholar who is supported on the foundation; Post′master-Gen′eral, the minister who is the chief officer of the post-office department; Post′-off′ice, an office for receiving and transmitting letters by post: a department of the government which has charge of the reception and conveyance of letters.—adj. Post′-paid, having the postage paid, as a letter.—ns. Post′-time, the time for the despatch or for the delivery of letters; Post′-town, a town with a post-office.—Postal note, a note for a fixed designated sum issued by a postmaster, payable at any office; Postal order, an order issued by the postmaster authorising the holder to receive at some particular post-office payment of the sum marked on it. [Fr. poste—L. ponĕre, positum, to place.]

  3. Post

    pōst, adv. and prep. after, behind—in compounds as Post-abdominal, Post-anal, Post-axial, Post-brachial, Post-canonical, Post-clavicle, Post-embryonic, &c.—adj. Post′-class′ical, after those Greek and Latin writers styled classical, but before the medieval.—n. Post′-commun′ion, the part of the eucharistic office after the act of communion.—adj. succeeding communion.—v.t. Postdate′, to date after the real time.—n. a date on a letter later than the real date on which it was written.—adjs. Post′-dilū′vial, Post′-dilū′vian, being or happening after the deluge.—ns. Post′-dilū′vian, one who has lived since the deluge; Post′-en′try, an additional entry of merchandise at a custom-house.—adjs. Post′-exil′ic, Post′-exil′ian, after the time of the Babylonian captivity of the Jews.—ns. Post′-exist′ence, future existence; Post′fix, a letter, syllable, or word fixed to or put after another word, an affix.—v.t. Postfix′, to add to the end of another word.—adjs. Post′-glā′cial, after the glacial epoch; Post′-grad′uate, belonging to study pursued after graduation; Post′-merid′ian, coming after the sun has crossed the meridian: in the afternoon (written P.M.).—n. Post′-millenā′rian, one who believes in post-millennialism.—adj. Post′-millenn′ial.—n. Post′-millenn′ialism, the doctrine that the second coming of Christ will follow the millennium.—adj. Post′-mor′tem, after death.—n. a post-mortem examination.—adjs. Post′-nā′tal, after birth; Post′-nī′cene, after the first general council at Nicæa in 325 A.D.n. Post′-note, a note issued by a bank, payable at some future time.—adj. Post′-nup′tial, being or happening after marriage.—ns. Post′-ō′bit, a bond or security given by heirs and others entitled to reversionary interests, whereby in consideration of a sum of money presently advanced, the debtor binds himself to pay a much larger sum after the death of some person, or of himself; Post′-posi′tion, the state of being put back or out of the regular place: (gram.) a word or particle placed after a word—opp. to a preposition, which is placed before.—adjs. Post′-pos′itive; Post′-remote′, more remote in subsequent time or order; Post′-ter′tiary, more recent than the Tertiary.—n. the most recent geological division. [L.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. post

    To send a message to a mailing list or newsgroup. Distinguished in context from mail; one might ask, for example: “Are you going to post the patch or mail it to known users?”

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. post

    Any ground, fortified or not, where a body of men can be in a condition for defence, or fighting an enemy. Also, the limits of a sentinel's charge.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. post

    Any sort of ground, fortified or not, where a body of men can be in a condition of resisting the enemy.

  2. post

    In the British service, a bugle-sound. The first post is the bugling which precedes the tattoo; the last post that which follows it. Also, the piece of ground to which a sentinel’s walk is limited; any place or office assigned to a soldier or body of soldiers on duty.

Editors Contribution

  1. post

    The delivery and collection of letters, envelopes and other items

    The post service is very efficient.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  

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  1. POST

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. POST

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Post is ranked #1530 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Post surname appeared 23,458 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 8 would have the surname Post.

    93.7% or 21,997 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 472 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 373 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 298 total occurrences were Black.
    0.7% or 164 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 155 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'post' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1195

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'post' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1013

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'post' in Nouns Frequency: #396

Anagrams for post »

  1. pots

  2. POTS

  3. spot

  4. Spot

  5. stop

  6. tops

  7. opts

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of post in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of post in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of post in a Sentence

  1. Cheryl Erwin:

    Medical professionals need to remember they don’t walk away from their role, they have an obligation not to post things on social media that are harmful.

  2. Whitney Cummings:

    In April I accidentally posted an insta story that showed nipple, once I realized, I deleted. The people who took screen grabs are trying to get money from me, some said they have offers to sell them, some are asking for money to not post the photo.

  3. Dru Smith:

    We've seen how (Tilmon's) been playing, they were sending two at him every time, a couple of times, it looked like he had three or four guys guarding him. I think just even giving a look into the post was getting guys open shots there, especially early.

  4. P. J. O'Rourke:

    To grasp the true meaning of socialism, imagine a world where everything is designed by the post office, even the sleaze.

  5. James Bond:

    I will be asked about him until my dying days it just goes with the territory. Hes a beloved character. I was honored to play the role and I rejuvenated a franchise that had been dormant. HALLE BERRY CHOOSES NEXT JAMES BOND STAR : ID GO FOR HIM Brosnan previously endorsed Tom Hardy as the next Bond, telling The Mail on Sunday in 2018, I think Tom Hardy could be a good Bond. Id be happy to see him do it. You need an actor who can put a bit of wiggle into it thats what makes Bond. FORMER BOND DIRECTOR SAYS ROBERT PATTINSON SHOULD BE THE NEXT 007 Brosnan also addressed the womanizing spy potentially needing to adapt to a post - #MeToo era. Without question, yes... The #MeToo movement has been relevant and significant and well needed in our society.

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  • بريد, كتاب, خطاب, رسالةArabic
  • бағана, бағанBashkir
  • слупBelarusian
  • стълбBulgarian
  • pivotCatalan, Valencian
  • sloupCzech
  • postDanish
  • Beitrag, Posten, schicken, Pfosten, Post, StelleGerman
  • στύλος, ταχυδρομείο, θέση, ταχυδρομώ, πόλος, κολώνα, δοκάρι, πάσσαλος, ανάρτησηGreek
  • fosto, postenoEsperanto
  • enviarSpanish
  • punktEstonian
  • lähettää viesti, kakkosnelonen, napa, tolppaFinnish
  • mettre à la poste, courrier, poste, poster, message, poteauFrench
  • cuailleIrish
  • 書き込む, 柱, 記事Japanese
  • pōhi, putaangaMāori
  • кол, дирек, пошта, столбMacedonian
  • posMalay
  • op de post doen, paal, verzenden, pool, doelpaal, versturen, post, postenDutch
  • słup, postPolish
  • poste, postar, estaca, postagem, ripa, post, mourão, correio, posto, sarrafoPortuguese
  • stâlpRomanian
  • помещать сообщение, пост, столб, сообщение, должность, поместить сообщениеRussian
  • стуб, stubSerbo-Croatian
  • stĺpSlovak
  • steberSlovene
  • regel, inlägg, kur, skriva, skicka, stolpe, postning, postering, posta, spika, pol, anslå, sätta upp, vaktkur, grindstolpe, meddelande, post, påle, vaktpostSwedish
  • அஞ்சல்Tamil
  • стовпUkrainian
  • 崗位Chinese

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