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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 .

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 initial capital letter) the reply to the king’s speech in the English Parliament.
Obsolete, .
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.
to direct (data) to a specified location in an electronic 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 .
Contemporary Examples

It’s a lot of pressure on host/producer Sarah Koenig, something she addresses in the beginning of the episode.
What if ‘Serial’ Has No Ending? Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video December 17, 2014

Franklin Roosevelt’s addresses in 1933 and 1937 remain alive, as does the sonorous rhetoric of John F. Kennedy’s address in 1961.
Why Inaugural Speeches Fail David Frum January 20, 2013

Perhaps the most interesting and indeed relevant of this is the C2 (or Command and Control) addresses found in the malware.
No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony Marc Rogers December 23, 2014

The Agriculture Department insists that the names and addresses of claimants are protected under privacy provisions.
How a Discrimination Settlement Turned into a Bonanza for Fraudsters Megan McArdle April 25, 2013

Al Gore addresses BP at Panetta Lecture In the years after the disaster, Gore has become synonymous with environmental action.
Al Gore’s Weird Silence Dayo Olopade June 13, 2010

Historical Examples

Did your mother know, Helen, how greatly these addresses annoyed you?
The Vicar of Wrexhill Mrs [Frances] Trollope

I have met a Mlle. Bines to whom I shall at once pay my addresses.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

The one addresses itself to the belief, the other to the feelings.
English Critical Essays Various

It is found in nearly all the published speeches of him who now addresses you.
United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches Various

The Speaker (Mr. Samuel Stone) gave his casting vote in favour of the addresses, which accordingly became acts of assembly.
Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie

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
(Brit, 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 pl) expressions of affection made by a man in courting a woman
verb (transitive) -dresses, -dressing, -dressed (obsolete or poetic) -drest
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

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.

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).


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