ad·dress | \ə-ˈdres, 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


ad·dress | \ə-ˈdres, 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 e-mail an e-mail 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: 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

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Other Words from address


addresser noun

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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


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.


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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s chief executive, was also notified and has addressed the matter directly with Harford, two Uber employees said. Mike Isaac,, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018 The new leadership also faces the daunting task of addressing decades of ingrained corruption, inefficiency and poorly maintained infrastructure. Fortune, "Puerto Rico's Bankrupt Utility Has No Leader After Pay Scandal," 12 July 2018 There has been no word on how the club or tour would address those concerns. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "PGA Tour's Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club in June 2019," 10 July 2018 Knowing that this was a risk, Congress created several bi-partisan laws aimed at addressing job losses due to foreign trade. Michael Hicks, Indianapolis Star, "Hicks: Finally, a government answer to job losses caused by automation," 8 July 2018 Also, President Yoweri Museveni has addressed the nation with his 10-point plan for restoring security in Uganda, but many are dubious about whether this will solve the problem, according to Global Voices. Paula Rogo,, "Ugandan Women Step Out to Protest Rising Violence Against Women," 2 July 2018 In his remarks on Friday, Mr. Coats did not directly address Mr. Trump’s coming meeting with Mr. Putin. Julian E. Barnes, New York Times, "‘Warning Lights Are Blinking Red,’ Top Intelligence Officer Says of Russian Attacks," 13 July 2018 That doesn't address a more pressing question for travelers like Garcia who already have plane tickets and vacation booked: What is Plan B? Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Hikers headed to flood-closed Havasupai Falls scramble to make other plans," 13 July 2018 At the top of his list should be arms control again, since the New START Treaty will expire in 2021, and the United States and Russia have not addressed an extension to this treaty — or a follow-up treaty. Joshua Tucker, Washington Post, "Will it be ‘happy talk’ — or will Trump and Putin focus on arms control and other critical issues?," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In January, the New York Times uncovered an email address from Lewis’ personal assistant, Ashley Knight, listed on an order of 250,000 followers, which costs $1,799, according to the company’s rates. Katherine Fominykh,, "Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis lost about half his followers in Twitter's fake account purge," 13 July 2018 Patrick is in Texas to give an address to the NAACP convention in San Antonio on Monday. Annie Linskey,, "Former Mass. governor Deval Patrick to lend hand to campaigns in Texas," 13 July 2018 A year later Bowie launched Bowienet, a website that also offered its subscribers internet service and an email address. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 In an address to Germany's lower house of parliament Wednesday, Merkel cited President Donald Trump's threat of targeting U.S. imports of cars from Europe, which risk hitting Germany the hardest. Bloomberg News, Houston Chronicle, "Merkel warns of worldwide financial crisis," 4 July 2018 Yet while the rather scholarly debates over dating and provenance might animate the geologists, that day would be remembered not for these petty theatrics, but for an address Powell delivered. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Days after the worst of the unrest, police found 10 Molotov cocktails in a trash bin at an address on Sherman Boulevard. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee community activist Vaun Mayes charged in Sherman Park firebomb plot," 2 July 2018 Call the company, and obtain an email address or phone number for the company’s CEO or president. Kevin Brasler,, "Have a consumer problem? How to complain and get results," 1 July 2018 Maria and Matthew Emanuel also found a note inside the safe with an address — and traced it back to neighbors. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "He found a purse with $8000, credit cards, plane tickets. Then he saw a crying woman," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of address


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


1539, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for address


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


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

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English Language Learners Definition of address

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to write on an envelope, package, letter, etc., the name and address of the person or business it is being sent to

: to speak to (a person or group)

: to use a specified name or title when speaking or writing to (someone)



English Language Learners Definition of address (Entry 2 of 2)

: the words and numbers that are used to describe the location of a building and that are written on letters, envelopes, and packages so that they can be mailed to that location

: the letters, numbers, and symbols that are used to direct an e-mail message or to show the location of a site on the Internet

: a formal speech


ad·dress | \ə-ˈdres \
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


ad·dress | \ə-ˈdres, 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 e-mail can be sent or received

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