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[countable] formalBE a job, especially an important one in a large organization [= position]COLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
apply for a post offer somebody a post appoint somebody to a post take up a post (=start a new job) hold a post (=have a job) fill a post resign (from) a post/leave a post senior/junior post teaching/administrative/government post
I applied for the post and was asked to attend an interview.
She was offered the post of ambassador to India.
He will take up his post as Head of Modern Languages in September.
Goddard has held the post since 1998.
Unfortunately they were unable to find a suitable person to fill the post.
Mr Thomson resigned his £50,000 a year post in April.
She now holds a senior post in the Department of Education.
the creation of 4000 new teaching posts
see usage note job

postal system

the post

British EnglishTCM the official system for carrying letters, packages etc from one place to another [= mail]
by post
The winners will be notified by post.
in the post
Your letter must have got lost in the post.
I'll put a copy of the book in the post (=send it).
through the post
A parcel arrived through the post.


[uncountable] British EnglishTCM letters, packages etc that are sent and delivered [= mail]:
Was there any post for me today?
Emma was opening her post.


[singular,uncountable] British EnglishTCM when letters are collected or delivered [= mail]:
What time does the post go (=get collected)?
(the) first/second/last post (=the first, second etc collection or delivery of letters each day)
Applications must arrive by first post on September 23.
catch/miss the post (=post your letter in time for it to be collected, or not in time)

➔ by return (of post)

at return2 (11)

piece of wood/metal

[countable]TB a strong upright piece of wood, metal etc that is fixed into the ground, especially to support something: bedpost, gatepost (1), lamp-post, signpost1 (1)

football/hockey etc

[countable]DS one of the two upright pieces of wood between which players try to kick or hit the ball in football, hockey etc [= goalpost]:
The ball hit the post and bounced off.


[singular] used in the names of some newspapers:
the Washington Post

soldier/guard etc

somebody's post

the place where a soldier, guard etc is expected to be in order to do their job
at somebody's post
By 5 am the soldiers were already at their posts.
No one was allowed to leave their post.

border/military/customs/police post

a place, especially one on a border, where soldiers or police are guarding, checking etc something


the post

also the finishing postDSH the place where a race finishes, especially a horse race:
Mr Magic was first past the post.

internet message

[countable] also posting a message sent to an Internet discussion group so that all members of the group can read it:
There was post after post criticizing the Minister.

➔ as deaf as a post

at deaf (1)

➔ be driven/passed from pillar to post

at pillar (4)

➔ pip somebody at the post

at pip2 (1)
first-past-the-postWORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

job, work, post, position, occupation, profession, career
Your job is the work that you do regularly in order to earn money, especially when you work for a company or public organization My last job was with a computer firm. He finally got a job in a supermarket.Work is used in a more general way to talk about activities that you do to earn money, either working for a company or for yourself Will you go back to work when you've had the baby? I started work when I was 18.!! Do not say 'what is your job?' or 'what is your work?'. Say what do you do? or what do you do for a living?Post and position are more formal words for a job in a company or organization. They are used especially in job advertisements and when you are talking about someone moving to a different job This post would suit a recent graduate. He left last summer for a teaching position in Singapore.Use occupation to talk about the kind of work that someone usually does, for example if they are a teacher, lawyer, driving instructor etc. Occupation is used mainly on official forms State your name, age, and occupation in the box below.!! Do not use occupation to talk about your own job I am an accountant. (NOT My occupation is an accountant).A profession is a kind of work for which you need special training and a good education, for example teaching, law, or medicine the legal professionYour career is the type of work that you do or hope to do for most of your life I'm interested in a career in television. His career is more important to him than his family.See also job

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