from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long piece of wood or other material set upright into the ground to serve as a marker or support.
  • n. A similar vertical support or structure, as:
  • n. A support for a beam in the framework of a building.
  • n. A terminal of a battery.
  • n. Sports A goal post.
  • n. The starting point at a racetrack.
  • n. The slender barlike part of a stud earring that passes through the ear and is secured at the back with a small cap or clip.
  • n. An electronic message sent to a newsgroup: ignored several inflammatory posts.
  • transitive v. To display (an announcement) in a place of public view.
  • transitive v. To cover (a wall, for example) with posters.
  • transitive v. To announce by or as if by posters: post banns.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To send (an electronic message) to a newsgroup: posted a response to a question about car engines.
  • transitive v. To put up signs on (property) warning against trespassing.
  • transitive v. To denounce publicly: post a man as a thief.
  • transitive v. To publish (a name) on a list.
  • transitive v. Games To gain (points or a point) in a game or contest; score.
  • n. A military base.
  • n. The grounds and buildings of a military base.
  • n. A local organization of military veterans.
  • n. Either of two bugle calls in the British Army, sounded in the evening as a signal to retire to quarters.
  • n. An assigned position or station, as of a guard or sentry.
  • n. Basketball A position usually taken by the center, near either the basket or the foul line, serving as the focus of the team's offense.
  • n. A position of employment, especially an appointed public office.
  • n. A place to which someone is assigned for duty.
  • n. A trading post.
  • transitive v. To assign to a specific position or station: post a sentry at the gate.
  • transitive v. To appoint to a naval or military command.
  • transitive v. To put forward; present: post bail.
  • n. A delivery of mail.
  • n. The mail delivered.
  • n. Chiefly British A governmental system for transporting and delivering the mail.
  • n. Chiefly British A post office.
  • n. Archaic One of a series of relay stations along a fixed route, furnishing fresh riders and horses for the delivery of mail on horseback.
  • n. Obsolete A rider on such a mail route; a courier.
  • transitive v. To mail (a letter or package).
  • transitive v. To send by mail in a system of relays on horseback.
  • transitive v. To inform of the latest news: Keep us posted.
  • transitive v. To transfer (an item) to a ledger in bookkeeping.
  • transitive v. To make the necessary entries in (a ledger).
  • transitive v. Computer Science To enter (a unit of information) on a record or into a section of storage.
  • intransitive v. To travel in stages or relays.
  • intransitive v. To travel with speed or in haste.
  • intransitive v. To bob up and down in the saddle in rhythm with a horse's trotting gait.
  • adv. By mail.
  • adv. With great speed; rapidly.
  • adv. By post horse.

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  • n. A location on a basketball court near the basket.
  • v. To send mail
  • v. To send a message to a Usenet newsgroup or to a mailing list; to save a message on a blog.
  • v. To send to an electronic forum.
  • adv. With the post, on post-horses; express, with speed, quickly
  • adv. sent via the postal service
  • n. A long dowel or plank protruding from the ground; a fence post; a light post
  • n. a stud; a two-by-four
  • n. A pole in a battery
  • n. A long, narrow piece inserted into a root canal to strengthen the tooth
  • n. a prolonged final melody note, among moving harmony notes
  • n. A printing paper size measuring 19.25 inches x 15.5 inches
  • n. goalpost
  • v. To hang (a notice) in a conspicuous manner for general review.
  • v. To pay (a blind)
  • n. An assigned station; a guard post.
  • n. An appointed position in an organization.
  • prep. after; especially after a significant event that has long-term ramifications

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Hired to do what is wrong; suborned.
  • adv. With post horses; hence, in haste.
  • n. 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
  • n. The doorpost of a victualer's shop or inn, on which were chalked the scores of customers; hence, a score; a debt.
  • n. The place at which anything is stopped, placed, or fixed; a station.
  • n. A station, or one of a series of stations, established for the refreshment and accommodation of travelers on some recognized route.
  • n. A military station; the place at which a soldier or a body of troops is stationed; also, the troops at such a station.
  • n. The piece of ground to which a sentinel's walk is limited.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Haste or speed, like that of a messenger or mail carrier.
  • n. One who has charge of a station, especially of a postal station.
  • n. A station, office, or position of service, trust, or emolument
  • n. A size of printing and writing paper. See the Table under Paper.
  • intransitive v. To travel with post horses; figuratively, to travel in haste.
  • intransitive v. To rise and sink in the saddle, in accordance with the motion of the horse, esp. in trotting.
  • transitive v. To attach to a post, a wall, or other usual place of affixing public notices; to placard
  • transitive v. To hold up to public blame or reproach; to advertise opprobriously; to denounce by public proclamation.
  • transitive v. To enter (a name) on a list, as for service, promotion, or the like.
  • transitive v. To assign to a station; to set; to place.
  • transitive v. To carry, as an account, from the journal to the ledger; ; to transfer, as accounts, to the ledger.
  • transitive v. To place in the care of the post; to mail.
  • transitive v. To inform; to give the news to; to make (one) acquainted with the details of a subject; -- often with up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fix to a post; nail or otherwise fasten up in a public place, as a notice or an advertisement: as, to post a bill; to post a notice.
  • To bring before the public notice by means of a placard fastened up in some public place; placard: as, to post one for nomination; hence, to expose to reproach by overt declaration; brand; stigmatize: as, to post a man as a coward.
  • To raise to the rank of post-captain; make a post-captain of.
  • Specifically, in the University of Cambridge, England, to placard as rejected in a college examination.
  • To placard with handbills; fix notices upon.
  • Synonyms To placard, advertise, announce, blaze abroad.
  • To station; place.
  • To place in the post-office; transmit by post.
  • To send or convey by or as by means of post-horses.
  • In bookkeeping, to carry (accounts or items) from the journal to the ledger; make the requisite entries in, as a ledger, for showing a true state of affairs: often followed by up.
  • To supply with information up to date; put in possession of needed intelligence; inform; communicate facts to: as, to be posted in history.
  • Synonyms To set, put, establish.
  • To travel with post-horses; hence, to travel rapidly; travel with speed; hasten away.
  • In the manège, to rise and sink on the saddle in accordance with the motion of the horse, especially when trotting.
  • With post-horses; as a post; by post; hence, with speed; hastily: as, to ride post; to journey post.
  • Hasty; hurried.
  • Suborned; hired to do what is wrong.
  • A Latin adverb and preposition, meaning ‘behind,’ ‘after,’ ‘afterward,’ ‘since,’ etc.
  • A prefix of Latin origin, meaning ‘behind’ or ‘after.’
  • To order or detail.
  • In chess, to move (a piece) to a square; occupy a square with (a piece).
  • n. A piece of timber, metal (solid or built up), or other solid substance, of considerable size, set upright, and intended as a support to a weight or structure resting upon it, or as a firm point of attachment for something: as, the posts of a door or of a gate; a king-post, queen-post, truss-post, bed-post; iron posts supporting the floor of a building; a hitching-post, etc.
  • n. Specifically— A piece of timber set in any position; a beam.
  • n. An upright piece of timber upon which proclamations were fixed; also, an upright piece of timber used for keeping a score when marked with chalk or notches.
  • n. A staff.
  • n. In violin-making. See sound-post.
  • n. In coal-mining: A pillar or wall of coal left to support the roof of the mine.
  • n. Finegrained sandstone, such as often occurs forming a part of the coal-measures.
  • n. The sternpost of a vessel.
  • n. Figuratively, a prop; a support.
  • n. In paper manufacturing, a pile of 144 sheets of handmade paper fresh from the mold, arranged alternately with pieces of felt, ready to be placed in the screw-press; a felt-post. When the felts are removed, the pile of paper sheets is termed a white post.
  • n. [⟨ post, verb, 4.] The state of being posted as rejected in a college examination in the University of Cambridge, England.
  • n. A fixed point or place; the place where some person or thing is stationed or fixed; a station or position occupied: as, a post of observation; a sentry at his post; specifically, the place where a body of troops is stationed; a military station.
  • n. The occupants, collectively, of a military station; a garrison.
  • n. Hence, a subdivision of the organization of veteran soldiers and sailors called the Grand Army of the Republic. (which see, under republic).
  • n. An office or employment; a position of service, trust, or emolument; an appointment; a position.
  • n. One of a series of fixed stations, as on a given route or line of travel.
  • n. One who travels through fixed stations on a given route, to carry messages, letters, papers, etc.; a postman; hence, in general, a messenger.
  • n. A post-horse.
  • n. An established system for the conveyance of letters, especially a governmental system; the mail; the transmission of all the letters conveyed for the public at one time from one place to another; also, a post-office.
  • n. Haste; speed. Compare post-haste.
  • n. A size of writing-paper varying in dimensions from 22 ¼ × 17 ¼ inches to 19 × 15 ¼ inches, and in weight from 25 to 7 pounds per ream: so called because its original water-mark was a postman's horn.
  • n. An old game of cards, in which the hands consisted of three cards, that one being the best which contained the highest pair royal, or, if none contained a pair royal, the highest pair. Nares. Also called post and pair, and pink.
  • n. See poust.
  • n. In a lock, a wire or cylindrical projection over which the tube of the key fits. Its purpose is to interfere with or prevent the picking of the lock by a lever or wire.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track)
  • v. mark or expose as infamous
  • n. United States manufacturer of breakfast cereals and Postum (1854-1914)
  • n. military installation at which a body of troops is stationed
  • v. enter on a public list
  • v. mark with a stake
  • v. publicize with, or as if with, a poster
  • v. affix in a public place or for public notice
  • v. assign to a post; put into a post
  • v. place so as to be noticed
  • n. a job in an organization
  • n. an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position
  • n. any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered
  • n. the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand
  • n. United States female author who wrote a book and a syndicated newspaper column on etiquette (1872-1960)
  • n. United States aviator who in 1933 made the first solo flight around the world (1899-1935)
  • v. ride Western style and bob up and down in the saddle in rhythm with a horse's trotting gait
  • v. assign to a station
  • n. the system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office
  • v. transfer (entries) from one account book to another
  • v. display, as of records in sports games
  • v. cause to be directed or transmitted to another place
  • n. the delivery and collection of letters and packages


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin postis; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
French poste, from Italian posto, from Old Italian, from Vulgar Latin *postum, from Latin positum, neuter past participle of pōnere, to place; see apo- in Indo-European roots.
French poste, from Old French, relay station for horses, from Old Italian posta, from Vulgar Latin *posta, station, from Latin posita, feminine past participle of pōnere, to place; see apo- in Indo-European roots.

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From Old English post ("pillar, door-post") and Old French, from Latin postis ("a post, a door-post")

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From Middle French poste, from Italian posta ("stopping-place for coaches"), feminine of posto ("placed, situated").

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Probably from French poste.

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From Latin post


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    March 5, 2018

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    January 6, 2013

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    June 16, 2012

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    January 11, 2008

  • Contronymic in the sense: send off vs. fix in place.

    January 27, 2007

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    December 3, 2006