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address

[noun uh-dres, ad-res; verb uh-dres] /noun əˈdrɛs, ˈæd rɛs; verb əˈdrɛs/
noun
1.
a speech or written statement, usually formal, directed to a particular group of persons:
the president's address on the state of the economy.
2.
a direction as to the intended recipient, written on or attached to a piece of mail.
3.
the place or the name of the place where a person, organization, or the like is located or may be reached:
What is your address when you're in Des Moines?
4.
manner of speaking to persons; personal bearing in conversation.
5.
skillful and expeditious management; ready skill; dispatch:
to handle a matter with address.
6.
Computers.
  1. a label, as an integer, symbol, or other set of characters, designating a location, register, etc., where information is stored in computer memory.
  2. a set of characters designating an email account: Her email address ends in “.net,” not “.com.”.
  3. a set of characters designating the location of a website or a particular computer or other device on a network:
    He visits that website so often that its complete address comes up whenever he types its first letter into the address bar.
    See also URL.
7.
Government. a request to the executive by the legislature to remove a judge for unfitness.
8.
Usually, addresses. attentions paid by a suitor or lover; courtship.
9.
(usually initial capital letter) the reply to the king's speech in the English Parliament.
10.
Obsolete. preparation.
verb (used with object), addressed, addressing.
11.
to direct a speech or written statement to:
to address an assembly.
12.
to use a specified form or title in speaking or writing to: Address the president as “Mr. President.”.
13.
to direct to the attention:
He addressed his remarks to the lawyers in the audience.
14.
to apply in speech (used reflexively, usually followed by to):
He addressed himself to the leader.
15.
to deal with or discuss:
to address the issues.
16.
to put the directions for delivery on:
to address a letter.
17.
Commerce. to consign or entrust to the care of another, as agent or factor.
18.
to direct the energy or efforts of (usually followed by to):
He addressed himself to the task.
19.
to direct (data) to a specified location in an electronic computer.
20.
Golf. to take a stance and place the head of the club behind (the ball) preparatory to hitting it.
21.
Obsolete. to woo; court.
22.
Archaic. to give direction to; aim.
23.
Obsolete. to prepare.
verb (used without object), addressed or addrest, addressing. Obsolete.
24.
to make an appeal.
25.
to make preparations.
Origin of address
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English adressen to adorn < Middle French adresser. See a-5, dress
Related forms
addresser, addressor, noun
half-addressed, adjective
preaddress, noun, verb (used with object)
readdress, verb (used with object), readdressed, readdressing.
unaddressed, adjective
well-addressed, adjective
Synonyms
1. discourse, lecture. See speech. 5. adroitness, cleverness, ingenuity, tact.
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Examples from the Web for unaddressed
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  • Then there were Bakunins letters to the sympathizers at Prague, unaddressed.

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  • That letter I enclose with this one, but in an unaddressed envelop.

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  • All that the authorities found was a sealed, unaddressed envelope, which they opened.

    The Three Eyes Maurice Leblanc
  • Timar put the unaddressed note into his pocket-book and wondered what it contained.

  • The other letter—a few lines merely—he put in his pocket, unaddressed.

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  • "The envelope is unaddressed, Helen," he remarked, extending it toward her.

    The Red Seal Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • He said he dropped an unaddressed letter on this landing last night, and he asked me to fetch it.

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  • In return for all this solicitude the lawyer had an unaddressed and ambiguous scrawl in his possession.

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  • There were a few advertising circulars, an unaddressed envelope and a crumpled ball of paper.

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  • I went to the office of the general manager and he gave me the package, unaddressed, done up securely, and sealed with red wax.

British Dictionary definitions for unaddressed

unaddressed

/ˌʌnəˈdrɛst/
adjective
1.
(of a letter, package, etc) not having an address

address

/əˈdrɛs/
noun
1.
the conventional form by which the location of a building is described
2.
the written form of this, as on a letter or parcel, preceded by the name of the person or organization for whom it is intended
3.
the place at which someone lives
4.
a speech or written communication, esp one of a formal nature
5.
skilfulness or tact
6.
(archaic) manner or style of speaking or conversation
7.
(computing) a number giving the location of a piece of stored information See also direct access
8.
(Brit, government) a statement of the opinions or wishes of either or both Houses of Parliament that is sent to the sovereign
9.
the alignment or position of a part, component, etc, that permits correct assembly or fitting
10.
(usually pl) expressions of affection made by a man in courting a woman
verb (transitive) -dresses, -dressing, -dressed (obsolete or poetic) -drest
11.
to mark (a letter, parcel, etc) with an address
12.
to speak to, refer to in speaking, or deliver a speech to
13.
(used reflexively; foll by to)
  1. to speak or write to: he addressed himself to the chairman
  2. to apply oneself to: he addressed himself to the task
14.
to direct (a message, warning, etc) to the attention of
15.
to consign or entrust (a ship or a ship's cargo) to a factor, merchant, etc
16.
to adopt a position facing (the ball in golf, a partner in a dance, the target in archery, etc)
17.
to treat of; deal with: chapter 10 addresses the problem of transitivity
18.
an archaic word for woo
Derived Forms
addresser, addressor, noun
Word Origin
C14: (in the sense: to make right, adorn) and c15 (in the modern sense: to direct words): via Old French from Vulgar Latin addrictiāre (unattested) to make straight, direct oneself towards, from Latin ad- to + dīrectusdirect
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Word Origin and History for unaddressed

address

n.

1530s, "dutiful or courteous approach," from address (v.) and from French adresse. Sense of "formal speech" is from 1751. Sense of "superscription of a letter" is from 1712 and led to the meaning "place of residence" (1888).

address

v.

early 14c., "to guide or direct," from Old French adrecier "go straight toward; straighten, set right; point, direct" (13c.), from Vulgar Latin *addirectiare "make straight," from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + *directiare, from Latin directus "straight, direct" (see direct (v.)). Late 14c. as "to set in order, repair, correct." Meaning "to write as a destination on a written message" is from mid-15c. Meaning "to direct spoken words (to someone)" is from late 15c. Related: Addressed; addressing.

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