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mail
mail1 W3S3 [meıl] n [U]
[Sense: 1-3; Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: male 'bag']
[Sense: 4; Date: 1200-1300; : French; Origin: maille, from Latin macula 'spot, woven threads']
1.) the letters and packages that are delivered to you
She's been reading my private mail.
When he got to the office he found a mountain of mail waiting for him.
He promised to forward my mail to my new address. (=send it from my old home or office)
He gets sacks of fan mail . (=letters from people who admire him and are his fans)
hate mail
(=letters from people saying that they hate you)
2.) especially AmE the system of collecting and delivering letters and packages
British Equivalent: post
The mail here's really slow and unreliable.
The product will be sold mainly through the mail.
in the mail
I'll put the check in the mail tomorrow.
by mail
Did you send the document by mail?
registered/express/first-class etc mail
I sent my application by registered mail.
Most reports are sent via internal mail (=a system of sending documents to people inside the same organization) .
3.) messages that are sent and received on a computer
= ↑email
You should always check your incoming mail (=messages that you receive) every day.
Please read the mail message for information on the error.
4.)armour made of small pieces of metal, worn by soldiers in the Middle Ages
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WORD FOCUS: mail
things that people send: letter, postcard, package also parcel (BrE), junk mail
ways of sending mail: first class/second class (BrE), airmail, surface mail, special delivery
the person who delivers your mail: postman/postwoman (BrE), mailman (AmE), letter carrier (AmE)
the place where you buy stamps, send letters and packages etc: post office
the place where you put letters and packages: postbox (BrE) mailbox (AmE)
the place where you receive letters and packages: letterbox (BrE) mailbox (AmE)
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mail 2
mail2 S3 v [T] especially AmE
1.) to send a letter or package to someone
British Equivalent: postmail sth to sb
The weekly newsletter is mailed to women all over the country.
2.) to send a document to someone using a computer
= ↑email mail sth to sb
Can you mail it to me as an attachment?
mail out [mail sth<=>out] phr v
to send letters, packages etc to a lot of people at the same time
= ↑send out
The department has just mailed out 300,000 notices.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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