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


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 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 pluralShe 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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Block said videos capturing such torture needed to be addressed at the federal level because content shared online transcends state boundaries., "President Trump signed into law Monday a new federal ban on animal cruelty, called the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act.," 26 Nov. 2019 The researchers call for the FDA and lawmakers to do more to address the problem. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Researchers find dangerous, FDA-rejected drug in supplements—by reading labels," 26 Nov. 2019 Rumors, innuendo or false accusations only serve to hurt our family and will be addressed through counsel as the law permits. Dave Quinn,, "RHOA's Kenya Moore Cries Over Marital Struggles as She Admits to Intimacy Issues Before Split," 24 Nov. 2019 Suddenly, what seems like a minor issue in the grand scheme of things becomes this huge dilemma that needs to be addressed. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "These Are The Black Greeting Cards You’ve Been Looking For," 22 Nov. 2019 However, the size and scope of the problem of political disinformation and hyper-targeting in social networks still needs to be addressed. Ari Lightman, The Conversation, "On TV, political ads are regulated – but online, anything goes," 21 Nov. 2019 That will be addressed a little bit in this upcoming episode, like what Bonnie’s feelings are toward Frank. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "How to Get Away With Murder creator," 21 Nov. 2019 Ask about their plan to address the persistent problem of pay inequity, especially for women of color, in their own city or state. Lizet Ocampo, Teen Vogue, "Latina Equal Pay Day, Explained," 21 Nov. 2019 But a marked change in the color or amount or odor needs to be addressed. Anthea Levi,, "5 Things Your Vagina Can Tell You About Your Health," 17 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If there's a local election coming up, type in an address to find out about candidates and ballot questions. Sylvia Gurinsky,, "Make sure your vote counts in 2020 | Opinion," 26 Nov. 2019 An additional package was also intercepted, containing 55 grams of ecstasy, with Parisi’s home as the destination address, the releases states. Robyn Merrett,, "Former Shark Tank Contestant Arrested with $80,000 Worth of Drugs on Him, Police Claim," 25 Nov. 2019 Look for contact details, an office with a physical address, and reviews left by other users (Trustpilot can be helpful here). David Nield, Wired, "How to Avoid Black Friday Scams Online," 24 Nov. 2019 Such information includes the student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, field of study, photographs, degrees and which sports students' play. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Evers expands program that aims to hire more teachers of color in Wisconsin school districts," 21 Nov. 2019 In 2018, Dominica passed the Climate Resilience Act, which fully came into effect on the first day of 2019, and in a budget address delivered last July the prime minister highlighted how far the country had come. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "This Caribbean island is on track to become the world’s first 'hurricane-proof' country," 19 Nov. 2019 When registering, simply visit and disclose your name, address, birthdate and the location of the original and duplicate copy of the will. Branded Content Contributor, Orange County Register, "Having a Will Is Worthless If Your Beneficiaries Can’t Find It," 19 Nov. 2019 In Tuesday's address, Ghani added that the Taliban kidnapping of the two American University teachers was not representative of Islamic and Afghan traditions. Rahim Faiez,, "3 Taliban figures released in effort to free American and Australian teachers abducted in 2016," 12 Nov. 2019 But also credit card information, addresses, telephone numbers, and so on. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "What Will the Internet Be Like in the Next 50 Years?," 1 Nov. 2019

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

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29 Nov 2019

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“Address.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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)


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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 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


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 e-mail can be sent or received

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