address

verb
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

address

noun
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: 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Having a knack for architecture and materials helps Arps address some of the pitfalls—specifically, noise—that come with the open floorplans young companies prefer. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Dani Arps Knows How To Design Rooms That Help You Get Things Done," 11 Feb. 2019 Roughly a half of the exhibition focuses on how MoMA addressed this whole international movement of good design. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "The Museum of Modern Art's Upcoming 'Value of Good Design' Exhibit is Not One to Miss," 7 Feb. 2019 The third episode, in which John Snow addresses a cholera epidemic, appears to takes place in 1848 or 1849, given the family's recent trip to Osborne House. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Victoria (Mostly) Got It Right: The True Story of John Snow's Cholera Breakthrough," 4 Feb. 2019 Its amazing to have seen a series that addresses relevant issues like teenage pregnancy, father-son issues, being both gay and a christian, peer pressure, etc. in just one show. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here's Everything We Know About "Sex Education" Season 2," 14 Jan. 2019 While Selena has yet to address her look, people on social media think the accessory choice is a sartorial response to comments made by Dolce & Gabbana's co-founder Stefano Gabbana earlier this summer. Devon Elizabeth, Allure, "People Think Selena Gomez's "Ugly" Hair Clip Is Shading Stefano Gabbana," 13 Sep. 2018 President Donald Trump will address a joint session of Congress. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Ana Maria Archila, Who Confronted Jeff Flake During the Kavanaugh Hearings, Will Accompany Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the State of the Union," 4 Feb. 2019 Prime Minister Winston Churchill had already addressed the nation in a broadcast. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Heartbreaking Way Queen Elizabeth II Learned About the Death of Her Father, King George VI," 1 Feb. 2019 Equipped with police, medical and legal personnel, One Stop Centers they are meant to be places where the physical, psychological and legal implications of violence against women can be addressed and support found. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wouldn't the very famous Property Brothers at least have their own domain name in their email address? Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "There's A Property Brothers Scam Circulating On The Internet," 25 Jan. 2019 May acknowledged this in a brief address after the Wednesday vote. Jen Kirby, Vox, "British Prime Minister Theresa May survives no-confidence vote," 12 Dec. 2018 White House officials worked hard to encourage speculation over the pick until just before Judge Gorsuch was announced in another prime-time address. New York Times, "Trump ‘Very Close’ to Supreme Court Decision, but May Wait Till Final Hours," 8 July 2018 Photos Courtesy of from Michel Eric Gaillard On Saturday, after more than a day of protests, Moïse finally broke his silence on the unrest in a national address. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Flights slowly resume in Haiti after gas price hike reversed but tensions remain high," 8 July 2018 In a personal address, sent to The Hollywood Reporter, Wenders recalls his first meeting with Muller, 50 years ago, when the German director was still a film student, and Muller was an assistant to Dutch DOP Gerard Vandenberg. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Wim Wenders Remembers "Innovative" 'Paris, Texas' Cinematographer Robby Muller," 5 July 2018 Your new card should automatically come to you — just make sure the agency has your up-to-date address. Erin Arvedlund, Philly.com, "Live in Pa. and don't have your new Medicare card? Call the agency right away," 5 July 2018 Their most recent addresses were in the Orlando area. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Two Orlando men wanted in June shooting in Poinciana," 4 July 2018 The evening took place at the brand's Rue de L'Université address, just a few streets over from the Seine. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Catherine Deneuve Is Feted by Saint Laurent's Anthony Vaccarello With a Dinner in Paris," 22 Jan. 2019

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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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addra

address

addressable

addressal

address book

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address

verb

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)

address

noun

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

address

verb
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

address

noun
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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