Verb address Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


address (third-person singular simple present addresses, present participle addressing, simple past and past participle addressed or (obsolete) addrest)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To prepare oneself.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To direct speech.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To aim; to direct.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To prepare or make ready.
  5. (transitive, reflexive) To prepare oneself; to apply one's skill or energies (to some object); to betake.
  6. (reflexive) To direct one’s remarks (to someone).
  7. (transitive, archaic) To clothe or array; to dress.
  8. (transitive) To direct, as words, to (anyone or anything); to make, as a speech, petition, etc. to (any audience).
  9. (transitive) To direct speech to; to make a communication to, whether spoken or written; to apply to by words, as by a speech, petition, etc., to speak to; to accost.
  10. (transitive) To direct in writing, as a letter; to superscribe, or to direct and transmit.
  11. (transitive) To make suit to as a lover; to court; to woo.
  12. (transitive) To consign or intrust to the care of another, as agent or factor.
  13. (transitive) To address oneself to; to prepare oneself for; to apply oneself to; to direct one's speech or discourse to.
  14. (transitive, formal) To direct attention towards a problem or obstacle, in an attempt to resolve it.
  15. (intransitive, computing) To refer a location in computer memory.
  16. (golf, transitive) To get ready to hit (the ball on the tee).

More definition:

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. 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.

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.
1 direct a speech or written statement to, to address an assembly.1 use a specified form or title in speaking or writing to, Address the president as “Mr. President.”. 1 direct to the attention, He addressed his remarks to the lawyers in the audience.1 apply in speech (used reflexively, usually followed by to), He addressed himself to the leader.1 deal with or discuss, to address the issues.1 put the directions for delivery on, to address a letter.1

7.Commerce. to consign or entrust to the care of another, as agent or factor. 1 direct the energy or efforts of (usually followed by to), He addressed himself to the task.1 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. 2
1.Obsolete. to woo; court. 2

2.Archaic. to give direction to; aim. 2

3.Obsolete. to prepare.
2 make an appeal. 2 make preparations.

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 1
1. to mark (a letter, parcel, etc) with an address1

2. to speak to, refer to in speaking, or deliver a speech to1

3. (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 1

4. to direct (a message, warning, etc) to the attention of1

5. to consign or entrust (a ship or a ship's cargo) to a factor, merchant, etc1

6. to adopt a position facing (the ball in golf, a partner in a dance, the target in archery, etc)1

7. to treat of; deal with, chapter 10 addresses the problem of transitivity1

8. an archaic word for woo Derived Formsaddresser, addressor, noun Word OriginC14, (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 + dīrectusdirectCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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 175
1. Sense of "superscription of a letter" is from 1712 and led to the meaning "place of residence" (1888).


The return address was the Doctor's office in Chicago.

No impression of the address would be left on the pad this way.

"I'll find the exact address," she said as she turned on the machine.

She selected the address book on the phone.

I found an email the owner sent to an email address we know Czerno uses.

Old Paul Dawkins had a California address when he bought the land.

Uneasy, he also realized he had to focus on mopping up the rest of his mess in the mortal world, so he could start to address the underworld.

After explaining the situation and giving her address, she turned down the road toward the nearest public area – a service station 2 miles away.

Address on the label.

Toby's address was listed as hers.

He was about to address Kiki again when Katie.s angry words hit him.

The dhjan has granted us permission to address you.

Do you know the exact street address of your mother-in-law?

Well, the first thing we need to address is your job.

Another address popped up.

"I have an address," Dean added.

Now, to address the challenge of getting there.

The following is her address at the fifth meeting of the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf, at Mt.

The guests were reluctant to address her, feeling that she was in no mood for their conversation.

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