From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpostpost1 /pəʊst $ poʊst/ ●●● S2 W2 noun 1 job [countable] formalBEJOB/WORK a job, especially an important one in a large organization syn position 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 4,000 new teaching posts► see thesaurus at job2 → the post3 letters [uncountable] British EnglishTCMLETTER letters, packages etc that are sent and delivered syn mail Was there any post for me today? Emma was opening her post.4 collection/delivery [singular, uncountable] British EnglishTCM when letters are collected or delivered syn 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(12)5 piece of wood/metal [countable]TB a strong upright piece of wood, metal etc that is fixed into the ground, especially to support something a fence post → bedpost, gatepost(1), lamp-post, signpost1(1)6 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 syn goalpost The ball hit the post and bounced off.7 newspaper [singular] used in the names of some newspapers the ‘Washington Post’8 → somebody’s post9 → border/military/customs/police post10 → the post11 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-postCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: a job, especially an important one in a large organizationverbshold a post (=have a job)He had previously held the post of Foreign Minister.apply for a postI am writing to apply for the post of secretary.take up a post (=start a new job)She will take up her new post next month.leave a postThe previous ambassador left his post in June.resign (from) a post (=leave it)John Sargent has resigned his post as chairman.be dismissed from a post (=be told to leave)As a result of the scandal, he was dismissed from his post.offer somebody a postHe was offered the post of Secretary of State for Wales.appoint somebody to a post (=give someone a job officially)Mr Collingwood has been appointed to the post of Headteacher.fill a post (=find someone to do a job)They have advertised the post but it hasn't yet been filled.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + posta senior postSenior posts in industry attract very high salaries.a junior postHe was offered a junior post in a bank.a permanent/temporary postI have a two-year contract, not a permanent post.a full-time/part-time posta part-time post as a university lecturera teaching postMy first teaching post was in outer London.an administrative postFor the next twelve years, he held various administrative posts in Bombay.a government postI decided to apply for a local government post.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: verbssend something by postThey sent me the contract by post.put something in the post (=put it in a box to be collected)I put it in the post on Friday, so it should have arrived today.get something in the post (=receive it)Did you get anything in the post today?something comes/arrives in the postThis letter came in the post this morning.something gets lost in the postI'm afraid the cheque must have got lost in the post.adjectivesfirst-class postThe package arrived by first-class post.second-class postItems sent by second-class post can take up to five days to arrive.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 4: when letters are collected or deliveredadjectivesfirst/second/last post (=the first, second, or last collection or delivery of letters each day)The last post is at 5.30.verbscatch the post (=post your letter in time for it to be collected)He wrote the letter hurriedly because he was anxious to catch the post.miss the post (=not post your letter in time for it to be collected)If I miss the post today, the card won’t arrive on her birthday.the post goes (=it is collected)The first post goes at 7.30 am.
Examples from the Corpuspost• It has been increased by 27 posts.• Was there any post for me this morning?• Her nightgown hung on a bed post.• You will receive the application form by post.• a fence post• The tarp rolled askew, one end wrapped around the goal post.• Paul was opening his post when Margot phoned.• He had found the observation post two miles beyond the outer rim of the Jabal Hamrin.• When he took up his present post at the BBC he was only 23.• Environmentalists supported Murphy as the best candidate for the director's post.• When headmen's posts became vacant, many were sold by the chief headmen to the highest bidder.• She has been offered the post of director of UNICEF.• A niece took over the post office when she married, and it was moved to the present premises.• When the post came, she searched anxiously for his scrawled handwriting.• The post was duly advertised and an appointment was made from the end of June.• the post of deputy environmental secretary• Soldiers are not allowed to leave their posts.teaching posts• Everyone in the profession is aware that some people can be absent from teaching posts and not be missed.• Some former course members have since obtained fulltime teaching posts in adult education.• And several teaching posts may also go.• With half the teaching posts unfilled, only 60 % of children receive an education.opening ... post• Edwina Currie was opening her post, Sir James Spicer was picking his nose.• She was opening the post in her private office at Kensington Palace, a task she usually relished.catch/miss the post• On his return he wrote several letters rather hurriedly because he was anxious to catch the post.fence post• Patrick leaned in satisfaction on a fence post.• I would have been great as a chef, a Mandarin actor, or a fence post.• He was beaten with a fence post and stabbed.• Huge pyres of old railway sleepers and fence posts are being built to burn the bodies.• The legs of those who stood were like fence posts driven into a warm, squirming, farting, sighing earth.• On the right is a worker painting bowling pins the size of fence posts.• Our big thing here recently in the Southwest is displaying boots on fence posts along the highways.• Soldier impaled on fence post tells how he survived.