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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ad•dress /n. əˈdrɛs, ˈædrɛs; v. əˈdrɛs/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- the place or name of the place where a person, organization, or the like is located or may be reached.
a usually formal speech or written statement[countable]The senator delivered a passionate address.
the proper name or title for use in speaking or writing to a person[uncountable]forms of address.
Computing[countable] a code that designates the location of information stored in computer memory.
v. [~ + object]
- the directions for delivery written on the outside of something to be mailed, as a letter.
- to direct a speech or statement to:The president addressed the nation.
- to communicate[~ + object + to + object]She addressed her remarks to the group.
- [~ + object + as + object] to use a specified form or title in speaking or writing to: Address him as "Sir.''
- to deal with or discuss:The new laws don't address the issue of ownership.
- to put the directions for delivery on: to address a letter.
- [ ~ + oneself + to + obj] to direct the energy or efforts of:to address oneself to a task.
(n. ə dres′, ad′res;v. ə dres′), n., v., -dressed or-drest, -dress•ing.
- a speech or written statement, usually formal, directed to a particular group of persons:the President's address on the state of the economy.
- a direction as to the intended recipient, written on or attached to a piece of mail.
- 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?
- manner of speaking to persons; personal bearing in conversation.
- skillful and expeditious management;
dispatch:to handle a matter with address.
- 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.
- Government[Govt.]a request to the executive by the legislature to remove a judge for unfitness.
- Usually,addresses. attentions paid by a suitor or lover;
- Government(usually cap.) the reply to the King's speech in the English Parliament.
- to direct a speech or written statement to:to address an assembly.
- to use a specified form or title in speaking or writing to:Address the President as "Mr. President.''
- to direct to the attention:He addressed his remarks to the lawyers in the audience.
- to apply in speech (used reflexively, usually fol. by to):He addressed himself to the leader.
- to deal with or discuss:to address the issues.
- to put the directions for delivery on:to address a letter.
- Business[Com.]to consign or entrust to the care of another, as agent or factor.
- to direct the energy or efforts of (usually fol. by to):He addressed himself to the task.
- Computingto direct (data) to a specified location in an electronic computer.
- Sport[Golf.]to take a stance and place the head of the club behind (the ball) preparatory to hitting it.
- [Obs.]to woo;
- [Archaic.]to give direction to;
- [Obs.]to prepare.
- to make an appeal.
- to make preparations.
ad•dress′er, ad•dres′sor, n.
1 . discourse, lecture. See speech. 5 . adroitness, cleverness, ingenuity, tact.
- Middle French adresser. See a-5, dress
- Middle English adressen to adorn 1300–50
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
address /əˈdrɛs/ n
vb ( -dresses, -dressing, -dressed, obsolete or poetic -drest)(transitive)
- the conventional form by which the location of a building is described
- 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
- the place at which someone lives
- a speech or written communication, esp one of a formal nature
- skilfulness or tact
- archaic manner or style of speaking or conversation
- a number giving the location of a piece of stored information
- (usually plural) expressions of affection made by a man in courting a woman
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 directadˈdresser, adˈdressor n
- to mark (a letter, parcel, etc) with an address
- to speak to, refer to in speaking, or deliver a speech to
- (used reflexively; followed by to) to speak or write to
- to apply oneself to: he addressed himself to the task
- to direct (a message, warning, etc) to the attention of
- to adopt a position facing (the ball in golf, a partner in a dance, the target in archery, etc)
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