a speech or written statement, usually formal, directed to a particular group of persons: the president's address on the state of the economy.
a direction as to the intended recipient, written on or attached to a piece of mail.
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?
manner of speaking to persons; personal bearing in conversation.
skillful and expeditious management; ready skill; dispatch: to handle a matter with address.
a label, as an integer, symbol, or other set of characters, designating a location, register, etc., where information is stored in computer memory.
a set of characters designating an email account: Her email address ends in “.net,” not “.com.”
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
Government. a request to the executive by the legislature to remove a judge for unfitness.
Usually addresses. attentions paid by a suitor or lover; courtship.
Usually Address. the reply to the king's speech in the English Parliament.
to direct a speech or written statement to: to address an assembly.
to use a specified form or title in speaking or writing to: Address the president as “Mr. President.”
to direct to the attention: He addressed his remarks to the lawyers in the audience.
to apply in speech (used reflexively, usually followed by to): He addressed himself to the leader.
to deal with or discuss: to address the issues.
to put the directions for delivery on: to address a letter.
Commerce. to consign or entrust to the care of another, as agent or factor.
to direct the energy or efforts of (usually followed by to): He addressed himself to the task.
Computers. to direct (data) to a specified memory location in a computer.
Golf. to take a stance and place the head of the club behind (the ball) preparatory to hitting it.
Obsolete. to woo; court.
Archaic. to give direction to; aim.
Obsolete. to prepare.
to make an appeal.
to make preparations.
- ad·dress·er, ad·dres·sor, noun
- half-ad·dressed, adjective
- pre·ad·dress, noun, verb (used with object)
- re·ad·dress, verb (used with object), re·ad·dressed, re·ad·dress·ing.
- un·ad·dressed, adjective
- well-ad·dressed, adjective
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How to use address in a sentence
Many of those who have become cops in New York seem to have ceased to address such minor offenses over the past few days.
“Stay in formation,” a sergeant from the ceremonial unit said over a public address system to the cops along the street.
In his State of the Union address 50 years ago, LBJ laid out his vision for the Great Society.
Left and right think the way to address racial strife is through policy.
Nor do these studies address the structural and systematic issues that contribute to obesity, such as poverty and stress.
Aristide uncovered his head, as though he were about to address a duchess, and smiled at her engagingly.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
But, he finally secured the address of a company who would manufacture a book to exceed 300 pages for fifty cents per book.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
Truly the flag of Britain was trailing in the mire, or these men would not have dared to address him in that fashion.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Her Majesty passed through the town on the 30th of August, 1852, when an address was presented to her.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
His lordship suggested that Garrick should write an address to the audience for the players.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
British Dictionary definitions for address
the conventional form by which the location of a building is described
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
the place at which someone lives
a speech or written communication, esp one of a formal nature
skilfulness or tact
archaic manner or style of speaking or conversation
computing a number giving the location of a piece of stored information: See also direct access
British government a statement of the opinions or wishes of either or both Houses of Parliament that is sent to the sovereign
the alignment or position of a part, component, etc, that permits correct assembly or fitting
(usually plural) expressions of affection made by a man in courting a woman
to mark (a letter, parcel, etc) with an address
to speak to, refer to in speaking, or deliver a speech to
(used reflexively; foll by to)
to speak or write to: he addressed himself to the chairman
to apply oneself to: he addressed himself to the task
to direct (a message, warning, etc) to the attention of
to consign or entrust (a ship or a ship's cargo) to a factor, merchant, etc
to adopt a position facing (the ball in golf, a partner in a dance, the target in archery, etc)
to treat of; deal with: chapter 10 addresses the problem of transitivity
an archaic word for woo
- addresser or addressor, noun
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