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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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 Koppe issued a second ruling Monday, ordering Raddon's attorney to address outstanding confidentiality issues surrounding the case. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Kaskade Loses Bid to Thwart Financial Subpoena in KAOS Nightclub Lawsuit," 15 Sep. 2020 Keep Louisiana Beautiful has awarded more $3 million in grants since 2004 to Louisiana communities to address local environmental issues. Staff Report,, "Mandeville Police Department requires racial intelligence training," 15 Sep. 2020 In a campaign speech Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Trump's refusal to address the issues of climate change threaten future wildfires, floods and other environmental calamities. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "As scientists and officials say climate change is causing wildfires, Trump says 'forest management' is to blame," 14 Sep. 2020 Calls to address racial issues have become more prevalent in the wake of Mr. Floyd’s death. Heather Hollingsworth, The Christian Science Monitor, "NFL shift: No headdresses, no face paint, Chiefs fans told," 10 Sep. 2020 Calls to address racial issues have become more prevalent in the wake of Floyd's death. CBS News, "Kansas City Chiefs fans won't have headdresses or face paint as season starts," 10 Sep. 2020 Zillow co-founder and CEO Rich Barton says the nation has reached a new point of reckoning to address racial issues and equal representation. Chauncey Alcorn Cnn Business, CNN, "Zillow, M.M. LaFleur join list of corporations pledging to add at least one Black member to their board of directors," 9 Sep. 2020 Instead, students should learn the disciplines needed to address these issues. Laura Hensley,, "2020 Has Changed The College & University Experience For Good," 8 Sep. 2020 The judges said further proceedings were needed to address those issues. Jonathan Drew, Star Tribune, "Court: Money owed can't block voting rights for NC felons," 4 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Frolics, a cabaret, operated at that address in 1928 and 1929, newspaper records show. Mike Scott,, "How a 1920s Bourbon Street nightclub called Maxime forever transformed the French Quarter," 15 Sep. 2020 Officers performed the check at the request of Oak Lawn police, who relayed that a gunshot victim had come to the Advocate Christ Medical Center emergency room earlier that evening after being shot at that address, Collins said. Zak Koeske,, "2 shot, 1 fatally, inside Harvey apartment," 31 Aug. 2020 Calling 911 from the Extend home phone will transmit that address to the 911 call center. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Bring back your home phone?," 27 Aug. 2020 The dispatcher tells officers that there’s an alert for a person wanted for some reason, known in police radio code as a 10-99, at that address. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Less than 3 minutes passed between when Kenosha police arrived and when Jacob Blake was shot, according to dispatch audio," 26 Aug. 2020 Scott, however, did not believe Antone is living at that new address and that formed the basis of his lawsuit. Leslie Postal,, "Bruce Antone drops out of school board race during court hearing on his candidacy," 25 Aug. 2020 The dispatcher tells officers that there’s an alert for a person wanted for some reason, known in police radio code as a 10-99, at that address. Joe Taschler, USA TODAY, "Police shot Jacob Blake less than 3 minutes after they arrived, dispatch audio suggests," 25 Aug. 2020 One such metric could be the extent to which enumerators had to use proxies—interviewing a neighbor, for example—to find out whether a particular house or apartment was occupied and, if so, how many people were living at that address on 1 April. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Will the 2020 census numbers be good enough, and how soon will we know?," 24 Aug. 2020 The man accused of shooting Luna has lived at that Springwood address for more than 10 years, neighbors said. Jacob Beltran,, "Comal County deputy shot attempting to arrest suspect," 20 Aug. 2020

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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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19 Sep 2020

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“Address.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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