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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to deal with (something) usually skillfully or efficiently
  • the problem will only get worse if you don't address it now

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2 to occupy (oneself) diligently or with close attention
  • please address yourself to what I'm saying and not to the television

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3 to transmit information or requests to
  • you may address the manager about your problems tomorrow

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Synonyms of address (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a usually formal discourse delivered to an audience
  • George Washington's Farewell Address
  • a papal address

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2 the way or manner in which one conducts oneself
  • a gentleman with all of poise and social address that one would expect of someone coming from old money

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Frequently Asked Questions About address

How is the word address different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of address are poise, savoir faire, and tact. While all these words mean "skill and grace in dealing with others," 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

When would poise be a good substitute for address?

While in some cases nearly identical to address, poise may imply both tact and address but stresses self-possession and ease in meeting difficult situations.

answered the accusations with unruffled poise

When is savoir faire a more appropriate choice than address?

Although the words savoir faire and address have much in common, 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

When might tact be a better fit than address?

The synonyms tact and address are sometimes interchangeable, but tact implies delicate and considerate perception of what is appropriate.

questions showing a lack of tact

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

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“Address.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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