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Ways of sending letters and parcels

airmail

noun

the system for sending post by plane

certified mail

noun

recorded delivery

COD

abbreviation

cash on delivery: a system in which you pay for goods that you have ordered when they are delivered to you

express

adjective

an express service delivers letters or parcels more quickly than the ordinary service

express

noun

a service that delivers letters or parcels more quickly than the ordinary service

express

adverb

using a service that delivers letters or parcels more quickly than the ordinary service

first class

noun

the class of post that is more expensive and quicker

first class

adjective

relating to the class of post that is more expensive and quicker than second class

first class

adverb

using the most expensive form of transport or post

freepost

noun

a system in the UK by which businesses pay the charges for letters that their customers send to them

general delivery

noun

poste restante

the mail

noun

the system for sending and delivering letters, parcels etc to houses, offices etc. The usual British word is post

the post

noun

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

the Postal Service

the government department in the US that delivers the post

poste restante

noun

an arrangement in which your post is sent to a post office in a different area so that you can collect it while you are travelling

post-free

adverb

letters and parcels that are sent post-free do not cost the person who sends them anything because someone else has already paid for them

postpaid

adverb

letters and parcels that are sent postpaid do not cost the person who sends them anything for their postage because someone else has already paid for it

recorded delivery

noun

a system for sending a letter safely by which you pay for a record of the fact that you have sent it

registered post

noun

a system for sending letters and parcels, for which you pay a small insurance charge to be certain that they are delivered safely

reply-paid

adjective

a reply-paid envelope has had the cost of sending it paid by the person who originally sent it

second class

noun

the ordinary method of sending post that is not urgent

second-class

adjective

relating to post that is sent by second class

special delivery

noun

a post office service that delivers letters or parcels faster than usual for an extra payment

surface mail

noun

post that is sent by road, railway, or sea

post-free

adjective

postpaid

adjective

by hand

if a letter is delivered by hand, it is not delivered by the post service

by post

using the post

by return (of post)

if you reply to a letter by return of post, you write back to the person who wrote to you, immediately after you have received their letter

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