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noun     post pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] British the letters and parcels that are delivered to someone

    There was no post for you today.

    1. a.
      British the process of collecting letters from a postbox or post office

      What time does the next post go?

      catch/miss the post (=to get/fail to get something collected):

      I just caught the last post.

    2. b.
      the process of delivering letters to someone’s house
      first/second post:

      The letter I was waiting for wasn’t in the first post.

    3. c.

      the post

      British the system in the UK for collecting, carrying, and delivering letters and parcels

      I never send anything valuable through the post.

      Never believe anyone who tells you ‘The cheque is in the post’!

  2. 2
    [countable] a strong thick pole made of wood or metal that is put upright in the ground, used as part of a fence, gate etc
    1. a.




      one of the two tall upright pieces of wood that a player runs between or tries to get a ball between in games such as football

      His first shot hit the post.

    2. b.
  3. 3
    [countable] British a job, especially one with a lot of responsibility

    My father has held full-time teaching posts at several universities.

    The Prime Minister appointed her to the post of ambassador.

    take up a post (=start to work in a job):

    She took up her post as the new director last April.

    fill a post (=to employ someone):

    The company has now decided to fill this post on a permanent basis.

  4. 4
    [countable] computing a piece of writing that is published on the Internet

    Thank you for this brilliant post!

    post about:

    I wrote a blog post about this yesterday.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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