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adjective Post
Hired to do what is wrong; suborned.

Etymology: F. aposter to place in a post or position, generally for a bad purpose

noun Post
  1. 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; as, a hitching post; a fence post; the posts of a house. "They shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper doorpost of the houses." [Ex. xii. 7.]"Then by main force pulled up, and on his shoulders bore, The gates of Azza, post and massy bar." [Milton.]"Unto his order he was a noble post." [Chaucer.]
  2. The doorpost of a victualer's shop or inn, on which were chalked the scores of customers; hence, a score; a debt.(Obs)"When God sends coin I will discharge your post." [S. Rowlands.]

Note: Post, in the sense of an upright timber or strut, is used in composition, in such words as king- post, queen- post, crown- post, gate post, etc.

Etymology: AS., fr. L. postis, akin to ponere positum, to place. See Position, and cf. 4th Post

noun Post
  1. The place at which anything is stopped, placed, or fixed; a station.
    1. A station, or one of a series of stations, established for the refreshment and accommodation of travelers on some recognized route; as, a stage or railway post .
    2. A military station; the place at which a soldier or a body of troops is stationed; also, the troops at such a station.
    3. The piece of ground to which a sentinel's walk is limited.
  2. 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."In certain places there be always fresh posts, to carry that further which is brought unto them by the other." [Abp. Abbot.]"I fear my Julia would not deign my lines, Receiving them from such a worthless post." [Shak.]
  3. 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."I send you the fair copy of the poem on dullness, which I should not care to hazard by the common post." [Pope.]
  4. Haste or speed, like that of a messenger or mail carrier.(Obs)"In posthe came." [Shak.]
  5. One who has charge of a station, especially of a postal station.(Obs)"He held office of postmaster, or, as it was then called, post, for several years." [Palfrey.]
  6. A station, office, or position of service, trust, or emolument; as, the post of duty; the post of danger. "The post of honor is a private station." [Addison.]
  7. A size of printing and writing paper. See the Table under Paper.

Etymology: F. poste, LL. posta station, post (where horses were kept), properly, a fixed or set place, fem. fr. L. positus placed, p. p. of ponere. See Position, and cf. Post a pillar

verb Post
  1. To attach to a post, a wall, or other usual place of affixing public notices; to placard; as, to post a notice; to post playbills.
  2. To hold up to public blame or reproach; to advertise opprobriously; to denounce by public proclamation; as, to post one for cowardice."On pain of being posted to your sorrow Fail not, at four, to meet me." [Granville.]
  3. To enter (a name) on a list, as for service, promotion, or the like.
  4. To assign to a station; to set; to place; as, to post a sentinel."It might be to obtain a ship for a lieutenant, . . . or to get him posted." [De Quincey.]
  5. [Bookkeeping] To carry, as an account, from the journal to the ledger; as, to post an account; to transfer, as accounts, to the ledger."You have not posted your books these ten years." [Arbuthnot.]
  6. To place in the care of the post; to mail; as, to post a letter.
  7. To inform; to give the news to; to make (one) acquainted with the details of a subject; -- often with up."Thoroughly posted up in the politics and literature of the day." [Lond. Sat. Rev.]

Note: ☞ Formerly, a large post was erected before the sheriff's office, or in some public place, upon which legal notices were displayed. This way of advertisement has not entirely gone of use.

verb Post
  1. To travel with post horses; figuratively, to travel in haste." Postseedily to my lord your husband." [Shak.]"And post o'er land and ocean without rest." [Milton.]
  2. [Man] To rise and sink in the saddle, in accordance with the motion of the horse, esp. in trotting.(Eng)

Etymology: Cf. OF. poster. See 4th Post

adverb Post
With post horses; hence, in haste; as, to travel post .
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  1. The delivery and collection of letters and packages ("it came by the first post" and "if you hurry you'll catch the post")
  2. A job in an organization ("he occupied a post in the treasury")
  3. Military installation at which a body of troops is stationed ("this military post provides an important source of income for the town nearby" and "there is an officer's club on the post")
  4. An upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position ("he set a row of posts in the ground and strung barbwire between them")
  5. The system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office ("in England they call mail `the post'")
  6. A pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track) ("a pair of posts marked the goal")
  7. Any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered ("is there any post for me?" and "she was opening her post")
  8. The position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand ("a soldier manned the entrance post")
  9. United States manufacturer of breakfast cereals and Postum (1854-1914)
  10. United States female author who wrote a book and a syndicated newspaper column on etiquette (1872-1960)
  11. United States aviator who in 1933 made the first solo flight around the world (1899-1935)
  12. Publicize with, or as if with, a poster ("I'll post the news on the bulletin board")
  13. Display, as of records in sports games
  14. Mark or expose as infamous
  15. Cause to be directed or transmitted to another place
  16. Assign to a station
  17. Place so as to be noticed ("post a sign" and "post a warning at the dump")
  18. Mark with a stake
  19. Affix in a public place or for public notice ("post a warning")
  20. Ride Western style and bob up and down in the saddle in rhythm with a horse's trotting gait
  21. Transfer (entries) from one account book to another
  22. Assign to a post; put into a post ("The newspaper posted him in Timbuktu")
  23. Enter on a public list

From Old English post (“pillar, door-post”) and Latin postis (“a post, a door-post”) through Old French.

  1. A long dowel or plank protruding from the ground; a fence post; a light post.
  2. (construction) A stud; a two-by-four.
  3. A pole in a battery.
  4. (dentistry) A long, narrow piece inserted into a root canal to provide retention for a crown.
  5. (vocal music, chiefly a cappella) A prolonged final melody note, among moving harmony notes.
  6. (paper, printing) A printing paper size measuring 19.25 inches x 15.5 inches.
  7. (sports) A goalpost.
  8. (obsolete) The doorpost of a victualler's shop or inn, on which were chalked the scores of customers; hence, a score; a debt.

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

  1. (obsolete) Each of a series of men stationed at specific places along a postroad, with responsibility for relaying letters and dispatches of the monarch (and later others) along the route. [16th-17th c.]
  2. (dated) A station, or one of a series of stations, established for the refreshment and accommodation of travellers on some recognized route.
    a stage or railway
  3. A military base; the place at which a soldier or a body of troops is stationed; also, the troops at such a station.
  4. (now historical) Someone who travels express along a set route carrying letters and dispatches; a courier. [from 16th c.]
  5. An organisation for delivering letters, parcels etc., or the service provided by such an organisation. [from 17th c.]
    sent via ; parcel
  6. A single delivery of letters; the letters or deliveries that make up a single batch delivered to one person or one address. [from 17th c.]
  7. A message posted in an electronic or Internet forum. [from 20th c.]
  8. A location on a basketball court near the basket.
  9. (American football) A moderate to deep passing route in which a receiver runs 10-20 yards from the line of scrimmage straight down the field, then cuts toward the middle of the field (towards the facing goalposts) at a 45-degree angle.
    Two of the receivers ran patterns.
  10. (obsolete) Haste or speed, like that of a messenger or mail carrier.
  11. (obsolete) One who has charge of a station, especially a postal station.

Probably from French poste.

  1. An assigned station; a guard post.
  2. An appointed position in an organization, job.

Borrowing from Latin post.

  1. (film, informal) Post-production.

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    Ethnicity Post U.S.
      White 93.77% 64.26%
      African American 1.27% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.66% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.70% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.59% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.01% 16.26%

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    • How Popular is the name Post? As a last name Post was the 1,530th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Post first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Post is Wednesday, January 13th, 1886.
    • How unique is the name Post? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Post. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
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    • How many people have the last name Post? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 23,458 people with the last name Post.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Post? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Post as their last name.

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