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address

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verb ad·dress \ə-ˈdres, a- also ˈa-ˌdres\

Definition of address

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to mark directions for delivery on address a letterb :  to consign to the care of another (such as an agent or factor)

  3. 2a :  to direct the efforts or attention of (oneself) will address himself to the problemb :  to deal with :  treat … intrigued by the chance to address important issues … — I. L. Horowitz

  4. 3a :  to communicate directly addresses his thanks to his hostb :  to speak or write directly to; especially :  to deliver a formal speech to The president will address the nation by television.

  5. 4 :  to greet by a prescribed form how to address an archbishop

  6. 5 golf :  to adjust the club and one's stance preparatory to hitting (the ball)

  7. 6 :  to identify (something, such as a computer peripheral or memory location) by an address or a name for information transfer

  8. 7 archaic a :  direct, aimb :  to direct to go :  send

  9. 8 archaic :  to make ready; especially :  dress

  10. intransitive verb
  11. obsolete :  to direct one's speech or attentions

addresser

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Examples of address in a Sentence

  1. I've addressed the letter, but it still needs a stamp.

  2. The package is sealed; it just needs to be addressed.

  3. We spent the afternoon addressing invitations to all our friends.

  4. The letter was returned because it had been addressed incorrectly.

  5. She ignored most of the people at the table, addressing only the man who was sitting next to her.

  6. One of the characters addresses the audience directly throughout the play.

  7. Most of the speaker's remarks were addressed to those with experience in the industry.

  8. Before the awards were given, the mayor addressed the crowd.

Origin and Etymology of address

Middle English adressen, from Anglo-French adrescer, from a- (from Latin ad-) + drescer to direct, put right — more at dress


First Known Use: 14th century


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address

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noun ad·dress \ə-ˈdres, for senses 1, 2, & 3 also ˈa-ˌdres\

Definition of address

  1. 1a :  a place where a person or organization may be communicated with asked for her name, address, and phone numberb :  directions for delivery on the outside of an object (such as a letter or package) an envelope with an illegible addressc :  the designation of place of delivery placed between the heading and salutation on a business letterd :  the designation of a computer account from which one can send or receive e-mail an e-mail address

  2. 2a :  a location (as in the memory of a computer) where particular information is storedb :  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

  3. 3 :  a formal communication; especially :  a prepared speech delivered to a special audience or on a special occasion Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

  4. 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

  5. 5a :  readiness and capability for dealing (as with a person or problem) skillfully and smoothly :  adroitnessb obsolete :  a making ready; also :  a state of preparedness

  6. 6a :  manner of bearing oneself a man of rude addressb :  manner of speaking or singing :  delivery was pleased with the tenor's ease of address

  7. 7 golf :  the stance of the player and the position of the club preparatory to hitting the ball

Examples of address in a Sentence

  1. Write your name, address, and phone number in the spaces provided.

  2. We listened to the President's inaugural address on the radio.

  3. She was asked to give a formal address at the ceremony.

Origin and Etymology of address

see 1address


First Known Use: 1539

Synonym Discussion of address

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


ADDRESS Defined for English Language Learners

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address

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verb ad·dress \ə-ˈdres, a- also ˈa-ˌdres\

Definition of address for English Language Learners

  • : 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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address

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noun ad·dress \ə-ˈdres, for senses 1, 2, & 3 also ˈa-ˌdres\

Definition of address for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ADDRESS Defined for Kids

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address

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verb ad·dress \ə-ˈdres\

Definition of address for Students

addressed

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addressing

  1. 1 :  to put directions for delivery on address a letter

  2. 2 :  to speak or write to Bleakly, Roy looked up to address the grownups. — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot

  3. 3 :  to use a specified name or title when speaking or writing to (someone) The children address me as “sir.”

  4. 4 :  to deal with :  give attention to address a problem


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address

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noun ad·dress \ə-ˈdres, ˈa-ˌdres\

Definition of address for Students

  1. 1 :  the place where a person can usually be reached a business address

  2. 2 :  the directions for delivery placed on mail

  3. 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. 4 :  a formal speech The president will give an address at the ceremony.

  5. 5 :  the name of a computer account from which e-mail can be sent or received



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