Definition of


  1. (noun, location) the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand
    a sentry station
  2. (noun, artifact) military installation at which a body of troops is stationed
    there is an officer's club on the post
  3. (noun, act) a job in an organization
  4. (noun, artifact) an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position
  5. (noun, person) United States aviator who in 1933 made the first solo flight around the world (1899-1935)
  6. (noun, person) United States female author who wrote a book and a syndicated newspaper column on etiquette (1872-1960)
  7. (noun, person) United States manufacturer of breakfast cereals and Postum (1854-1914)
  8. (noun, group) any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered
    is there any post for me?
    she was opening her post
  9. (noun, communication) a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track)
    the corner of the lot was indicated by a stake
  10. (noun, communication) the system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office
    he works for the United States mail service
    in England they call mail `the post'
  11. (noun, act) the delivery and collection of letters and packages
    if you hurry you'll catch the post
  12. (verb, contact) affix in a public place or for public notice
  13. (verb, communication) publicize with, or as if with, a poster
  14. (verb, social) assign to a post; put into a post
  15. (verb, competition) assign to a station
  16. (verb, communication) display, as of records in sports games
  17. (verb, social) enter on a public list
  18. (verb, possession) transfer (entries) from one account book to another
  19. (verb, motion) ride Western style and bob up and down in the saddle in rhythm with a horse's trotting gait
  20. (verb, contact) mark with a stake
  21. (verb, contact) place so as to be noticed
    post a warning at the dump
  22. (verb, communication) cause to be directed or transmitted to another place
    I'll mail you the paper when it's written
  23. (verb, communication) mark or expose as infamous

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Alternate forms of Post

Derivations: post, postage, postal, poster, posting

Hyponyms: academicianship, accountantship, admiralty, airmail, airpost, ambassadorship, apostleship, apprenticeship, associateship, attorneyship, bailiffship, baronetage, bill, bishopry, bitt, bollard, bridgehead, cadetship, caliphate, captaincy, captainship, cardinalship, carrick bitt, chair, chairmanship, chancellorship, chaplaincy, chaplainship, chieftaincy, chieftainship, clerkship, commandership, commandery, comptrollership, consulship, controllership, corner post, councillorship, councilorship, counsellorship, counselorship, curacy, curatorship, custodianship, deanery, deanship, directorship, discipleship, editorship, eldership, emirate, episcopate, express, express-mail, fan mail, fatherhood, feudal lordship, foremanship, fort, garrison, gatepost, generalcy, generalship, goalpost, governorship, hate mail, headship, hitching post, hop pole, hot seat, incumbency, inspectorship, instructorship, internship, judgeship, judicature, khanate, king post, lamppost, lectureship, legateship, legation, legislatorship, librarianship, lieutenancy, locate, lookout, magistracy, magistrature, mailing, managership, manhood, marshalship, mastership, mayoralty, maypole, messiahship, moderatorship, newel, newel post, observation post, outpost, outstation, overlordship, pastorate, pastorship, peasanthood, placard, place, plum, praetorship, precentorship, preceptorship, prefecture, prelacy, prelature, premiership, presidency, presidentship, primateship, principalship, priorship, proconsulate, proconsulship, proctorship, professorship, protectorship, public office, queen post, rabbinate, receivership, rectorate, rectorship, regency, register, residency, rfd, rudderpost, rudderstock, rulership, rural free delivery, sainthood, secretaryship, seigneury, seigniory, senatorship, sinecure, site, snail mail, solicitorship, speakership, stake, stanchion, standard, starting post, stewardship, studentship, stump, teachership, telegraph pole, telegraph post, telephone pole, thaneship, throne, timber, treasurership, tribuneship, trusteeship, vice-presidency, viceroyship, viziership, wardenship, wardership, whipping post, winning post, womanhood

Hypernyms: accumulation, affix, aggregation, announce, assemblage, assign, bringing, business, call, collection, communicating, communication, delegate, delivery, denote, depute, designate, displace, enter, instal, install, job, line, line of work, list, mark, military installation, move, occupation, place, position, put down, put in, record, ride horseback, set up, stick on, transfer, upright, vertical, visual signal

Origin of the word Post

  1. "upright timber," O.E. post "pillar, doorpost," and O.Fr. post, both from L. postis "post," perhaps from por- "forth" + stare "to stand" (see stet). Similar compound in Skt. prstham "back, roof, peak," Avestan parshti "back," Gk. pastas "porch in front of a house, colonnade," M.H.G. virst "ridepole," Lith. pirsta… more
  2. "place when on duty," 1598, from M.Fr. poste "place where one is stationed," also, "station for post horses" (16c.), from It. posto "post, station," from V.L. *postum, from L. postium, neut. pp. of ponere "to place, to put" (see position). Earliest sense in Eng. was military; meaning "job, position" is attested 1695. The figurative sense of "c… more
  3. "mail system," 1506, from post (2) on notion of riders and horses posted at intervals along a route to speed mail in relays, from M.Fr. poste in this sense (1477). The verb meaning "to send through the postal system" is recorded from 1837. Postmark (n.) is first recorded 1678; postman first recorded 1529; postcard is from 1870. Post office<… more
  4. "to put up bail money," 1781, from one of the posts, but which one is uncertain. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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