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 As the Statehouse News Bureau’s Andy Chow reports, Boyd has made minor changes to the bill to try to address concerns raised by opponents. cleveland, "State of the State set for March 31: Capitol Letter," 20 Jan. 2020 So these are questions that Horowitz was unable to address. Jack Crowe, National Review, "In Long-Shot California Congressional Bid, George Papadopoulos Sells Himself as a Candidate for Our Age of Distrust," 20 Jan. 2020 The emphasis on diversity is even built into the show, as the Department of Justice specifically tasked Stand to address diversity concerns. 9-1-1: Lone Star will premiere Jan 19 on Fox at 10 p.m. ET. Tara Edwards,, "Will 9-1-1 & 9-1-1: Lone Star Have A Crossover? It’s Complicated," 19 Jan. 2020 Heatwole says Pebble is actively working with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to address the concerns, to prevent road collisions and the bears from getting access to food. Acacia Johnson, National Geographic, "The risky plan to haul minerals from a mine in the Alaska wilderness," 14 Jan. 2020 For more than a century, however, lawmakers have tackled complex issues of national governance by creating regulatory agencies within the executive branch to address them. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Plot to Level the Administrative State," 14 Jan. 2020 The current labour and land acquisition laws are archaic and need addressing urgently to rebuild business confidence. Sangeeta Khorana, Quartz India, "How the world’s fastest growing major economy went off the rails," 13 Jan. 2020 One of the challenges is that a variety of factors feed into the depression and stress that are associated with suicide, so identifying which ones play the most significant roles, and figuring out how to address them, is a challenge. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Higher minimum wages linked to reduced suicide rate," 12 Jan. 2020 Some states have responded with laws to address this practice. Maya Miller, ProPublica, "What You Need to Know About How Section 8 Really Works," 9 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Choose your country Please enter a valid email address. Time, "House to Vote Thursday on Limiting President Trump's Actions Against Iran," 10 Jan. 2020 The company allows campaigns to upload lists of voter information like names and email addresses to its platform. Donie O'sullivan, CNN, "Facebook says it's 'not deaf' to criticism. But it will still let politicians lie in ads," 9 Jan. 2020 Office Evolution also provides phone-answering services, address and mail services and other professional capabilities. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Office Evolution inks coworking lease in Energy Corridor," 8 Jan. 2020 Stephens and Bradbury were pen pals — Stephens never had an email address or a cell phone — and the relationship led to a memorable profile in 1993 in which Bradbury talked almost exclusively about death and its effect on his work. G. Allen Johnson,, "Lasermania: Remembering former Examiner critic Bob Stephens," 8 Jan. 2020 More than 5,100 signatures were deemed invalid due to errors such as incomplete or omitted addresses and dates. David Eggert, Detroit Free Press, "Democratic candidate Deval Patrick short on signatures to make Michigan primary ballot," 27 Dec. 2019 Michael Harrell, 54, was arrested in August after ordering a teller to hand over cash from a U.S. Bank location in Cleveland -- using a note that had his full name and address on it, the FBI says. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "The weirdest and most bizarre crime stories of 2019," 26 Dec. 2019 And Kaufman, who wrote and is producing the show, immediately went into sales mode, sharing the story behind the musical and getting email addresses and phone numbers for the woman and her companion. Deborah Martin,, "San Antonio Jewish Community Center’s ‘More Senior Moments’ explores aging with wit, warmth," 23 Dec. 2019 The platform also does not store full credit card numbers or mailing addresses. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Mixcloud Says Hackers Stole 'Minority' of Users' Passwords in Security Breach," 2 Dec. 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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25 Jan 2020

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“Address.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 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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