address

verb
ad·​dress | \ ə-ˈdres How to pronounce address (audio) , a- also ˈa-ˌdres \
addressed; addressing; addresses

Definition of address

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to mark directions for delivery on address a letter
b : to consign to the care of another (such as an agent or factor)
2a : to direct the efforts or attention of (oneself) will address himself to the problem
b : to deal with : treat … intrigued by the chance to address important issues …— I. L. Horowitz
3a : to communicate directly addresses his thanks to his host
b : to speak or write directly to especially : to deliver a formal speech to The president will address the nation by television.
4 : to greet by a prescribed form how to address an archbishop
5 golf : to adjust the club and one's stance preparatory to hitting (the ball)
6 : to identify (something, such as a computer peripheral or memory location) by an address or a name for information transfer
7 archaic
a : direct, aim
b : to direct to go : send
8 archaic : to make ready especially : dress

intransitive verb

obsolete : to direct one's speech or attentions

address

noun
ad·​dress | \ ə-ˈdres How to pronounce address (audio) , for senses 1, 2, & 3 also ˈa-ˌdres \

Definition of address (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a place where a person or organization may be communicated with asked for her name, address, and phone number
b : directions for delivery on the outside of an object (such as a letter or package) an envelope with an illegible address
c : the designation of place of delivery placed between the heading and salutation on a business letter
d : the designation of an account from which one can send or receive email an email address
2a : a location (as in the memory of a computer) where particular information is stored
b : a series of usually alphanumeric characters that specifies the storage location (as on a network or in a computer's memory) of particular information an Internet address A unique number called an IP address identifies every computer that's connected to the Internet. An IP address looks something like this: 24.62.89.4. Each of the four parts of an IP address can have from one to three digits.— Kim Komando
3 : a formal communication especially : a prepared speech delivered to a special audience or on a special occasion Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
4 : dutiful and courteous attention especially in courtship usually used in plural She spurned his addresses."Here is a young man wishing to pay his addresses to you, with everything to recommend him."— Jane Austen
5a : readiness and capability for dealing (as with a person or problem) skillfully and smoothly : adroitness
b obsolete : a making ready also : a state of preparedness
6a : manner of bearing oneself a man of rude address
b : manner of speaking or singing : delivery was pleased with the tenor's ease of address
7 golf : the stance of the player and the position of the club preparatory to hitting the ball

Other Words from address

Verb

addresser noun

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Noun

tact, address, poise, savoir faire mean skill and grace in dealing with others. tact implies delicate and considerate perception of what is appropriate. questions showing a lack of tact address stresses dexterity and grace in dealing with new and trying situations and may imply success in attaining one's ends. brought it off with remarkable address poise may imply both tact and address but stresses self-possession and ease in meeting difficult situations. answered the accusations with unruffled poise savoir faire is likely to stress worldly experience and a sure awareness of what is proper or expedient. the savoir faire of a seasoned traveler

Examples of address in a Sentence

Verb I've addressed the letter, but it still needs a stamp. The package is sealed; it just needs to be addressed. We spent the afternoon addressing invitations to all our friends. The letter was returned because it had been addressed incorrectly. She ignored most of the people at the table, addressing only the man who was sitting next to her. One of the characters addresses the audience directly throughout the play. Most of the speaker's remarks were addressed to those with experience in the industry. Before the awards were given, the mayor addressed the crowd. Noun Write your name, address, and phone number in the spaces provided. We listened to the President's inaugural address on the radio. She was asked to give a formal address at the ceremony. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At their fall meeting, the bishops passed new guidance on Communion that doesn’t address the issue. Catherine Lucey And Ken Thomas, WSJ, 7 May 2022 Kyler Murray also is unhappy with his contract situation, though the Cardinals will probably address it this summer. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 7 May 2022 Kleefisch said candidates who don't address the 2020 election should be disqualified in voters' minds, referring to Tim Michels, a wealthy construction executive from Waukesha County who entered the race last week. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 Officials acknowledged that the new moves do not address some of the criticisms levied against the Biden administration's treatment effort. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 26 Apr. 2022 Attorneys for the Slingshot group released a statement on Monday that did not directly address the lawsuit, but said the company is cooperating with state investigators. NBC News, 26 Apr. 2022 The silence of House Republicans indicated most were waiting to take their cues from Trump, who didn’t address the reporting publicly until the Wall Street Journal interview Friday evening. Nolan D. Mccaskill, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 And, the experts said, rinsing probably will not address the cause of allergies. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 The agency said production managers didn't address complaints from crew members or sufficiently tighten safety procedures after two misfires on set before the deadly October accident. Harold Maass, The Week, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Anderson also shared some pictures from the ceremony, including one with fellow Howard grad, Taraji P. Henson, who delivered the commencement address. Marianne Garvey, CNN, 9 May 2022 Russian President Vladimir Putin marked Victory Day on Monday, celebrating the Soviet Union’s World War II triumph over Nazi Germany with a grand display of military might and an address from Moscow’s Red Square. Rachel Elbaum, NBC News, 9 May 2022 The data displayed each participant's address in 2013. Anuradha Varanasi, Forbes, 8 May 2022 President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine released a black-and-white video address on Sunday marking the Allied victory in 1945. New York Times, 8 May 2022 However, Varso said department policy forbids the use of such devices for crowd dispersal, and instead uses the device as a public address system to communicate with a crowd. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a late-evening address Friday that efforts were continuing to find a diplomatic solution to save military personnel at the plant. Mauro Orru, WSJ, 7 May 2022 Watch out for other common mistakes, like misspelling your name, listing the wrong address, or including the incorrect number of miles allotted in your lease. cleveland, 7 May 2022 That mostly tracks with Chronicle analysis of U.S. Postal Service data from 2020 that showed 72% of address changes in the Bay Area were moves to other Bay Area counties. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of address

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3a

Noun

1539, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for address

Verb

Middle English adressen "to guide, direct, set in order, mark with a destination," borrowed from Anglo-French adrescer, adresser "to make straight, direct, guide," from a- (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + drescer, dresser "to direct, put right" — more at dress entry 1

Noun

in part derivative of address entry 1, in part borrowed from Middle French adresce, adresse, noun derivative of adrescer, adresser

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The first known use of address was in the 14th century

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11 May 2022

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“Address.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/address. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for address

address

verb
ad·​dress | \ ə-ˈdres How to pronounce address (audio) \
addressed; addressing

Kids Definition of address

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to put directions for delivery on address a letter
2 : to speak or write to Bleakly, Roy looked up to address the grownups.— Carl Hiaasen, Hoot
3 : to use a specified name or title when speaking or writing to (someone) The children address me as "sir."
4 : to deal with : give attention to address a problem

address

noun
ad·​dress | \ ə-ˈdres How to pronounce address (audio) , ˈa-ˌdres \

Kids Definition of address (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the place where a person can usually be reached a business address
2 : the directions for delivery placed on mail
3 : the symbols (as numerals or letters) that identify the location where particular information (as a home page) is stored on a computer especially on the Internet
4 : a formal speech The president will give an address at the ceremony.
5 : the name of a computer account from which email can be sent or received

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