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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ad•dress /n. əˈdrɛs, ˈædrɛs; v. əˈdrɛs/USA pronunciation   n. 
      • the place or name of the place where a person, organization, or the like is located or may be reached.
      • the directions for delivery written on the outside of something to be mailed, as a letter.
  1. a usually formal speech or written statement[countable]The senator delivered a passionate address.
  2. the proper name or title for use in speaking or writing to a person[uncountable]forms of address.
  3. Computing[countable] a code that designates the location of information stored in computer memory.

v. [+ object]
  1. to direct a speech or statement to:The president addressed the nation.
  2. to communicate[+ object + to + object]She addressed her remarks to the group.
  3. [+ object + as + object] to use a specified form or title in speaking or writing to: Address him as "Sir.''
  4. to deal with or discuss:The new laws don't address the issue of ownership.
  5. to put the directions for delivery on: to address a letter.
  6. [ + oneself + to + obj] to direct the energy or efforts of:to address oneself to a task.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ad•dress  (n. ə dres, adres;v. ə dres), 
n., v., -dressed  or-drest, -dress•ing. 

  1. a speech or written statement, usually formal, directed to a particular group of persons:the President's address on the state of the economy.
  2. a direction as to the intended recipient, written on or attached to a piece of mail.
  3. the place or the name of the place where a person, organization, or the like is located or may be reached:What is your address when you're in Des Moines?
  4. manner of speaking to persons; personal bearing in conversation.
  5. skillful and expeditious management;
    ready skill;
    dispatch:to handle a matter with address.
  6. Computing[Computers.]a label, as an integer, symbol, or other set of characters, designating a location, register, etc., where information is stored in computer memory.
  7. Government[Govt.]a request to the executive by the legislature to remove a judge for unfitness.
  8. Usually,addresses. attentions paid by a suitor or lover;
  9. Government(usually cap.) the reply to the King's speech in the English Parliament.
  10. [Obs.]preparation.

  1. to direct a speech or written statement to:to address an assembly.
  2. to use a specified form or title in speaking or writing to:Address the President as "Mr. President.''
  3. to direct to the attention:He addressed his remarks to the lawyers in the audience.
  4. to apply in speech (used reflexively, usually fol. by to):He addressed himself to the leader.
  5. to deal with or discuss:to address the issues.
  6. to put the directions for delivery on:to address a letter.
  7. Business[Com.]to consign or entrust to the care of another, as agent or factor.
  8. to direct the energy or efforts of (usually fol. by to):He addressed himself to the task.
  9. Computingto direct (data) to a specified location in an electronic computer.
  10. Sport[Golf.]to take a stance and place the head of the club behind (the ball) preparatory to hitting it.
  11. [Obs.]to woo;
  12. [Archaic.]to give direction to;
  13. [Obs.]to prepare.

v.i. Obs. 
  1. to make an appeal.
  2. to make preparations.
  • Middle French adresser. See a-5, dress
  • Middle English adressen to adorn 1300–50
ad•dresser, ad•dressor, n. 
1 . discourse, lecture. See speech.  5 . adroitness, cleverness, ingenuity, tact.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

address /əˈdrɛs/ n
  1. the conventional form by which the location of a building is described
  2. the written form of this, as on a letter or parcel, preceded by the name of the person or organization for whom it is intended
  3. the place at which someone lives
  4. a speech or written communication, esp one of a formal nature
  5. skilfulness or tact
  6. archaic manner or style of speaking or conversation
  7. a number giving the location of a piece of stored information
  8. (usually plural) expressions of affection made by a man in courting a woman
vb ( -dresses, -dressing, -dressed, obsolete or poetic -drest)(transitive)
  1. to mark (a letter, parcel, etc) with an address
  2. to speak to, refer to in speaking, or deliver a speech to
  3. (used reflexively; followed by to) to speak or write to
  4. to apply oneself to: he addressed himself to the task
  5. to direct (a message, warning, etc) to the attention of
  6. to adopt a position facing (the ball in golf, a partner in a dance, the target in archery, etc)
Etymology: 14th Century: (in the sense: to make right, adorn) and c15 (in the modern sense: to direct words): via Old French from Vulgar Latin addrictiāre (unattested) to make straight, direct oneself towards, from Latin ad- to + dīrectus direct

adˈdresser, adˈdressor n

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