[ noun uh-dres, ad-res; verb uh-dres ]
/ noun əˈdrɛs, ˈæd rɛs; verb əˈdrɛs /


verb (used with object), ad·dressed, ad·dress·ing.

verb (used without object), ad·dressed or ad·drest, ad·dress·ing. Obsolete.

to make an appeal.
to make preparations.

Nearby words

  1. addlebrained,
  2. addled,
  3. addlepated,
  4. addn.,
  5. addnl.,
  6. address bar,
  7. addressable,
  8. addressee,
  9. addressing machine,
  10. addressograph

Origin of address

1300–50; Middle English adressen to adorn < Middle French adresser. See a-5, dress

1. discourse, lecture. See speech. 5. adroitness, cleverness, ingenuity, tact.

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for address

British Dictionary definitions for address


/ (əˈdrɛs) /


verb -dresses, -dressing or -dressed or obsolete, or poetic -drest (tr)

Derived Formsaddresser or addressor, noun

Word Origin for address

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 + dīrectus direct

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for address
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper