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Address definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ADDRESS', v.t. [This is supposed to be from L. dirigo.]
1. To prepare; to make suitable dispositions for.
Turnus addressed his men to single fight.
2. To direct words or discourse; to apply to by words; as, to address a discourse to an assembly; to address the judges.
3. To direct in writing; as a letter; or to direct and transmit; as he addressed a letter to the speaker. Sometimes it is used with the reciprocal pronoun, as, he addressed himself to the speaker, instead of, he addressed his discourse. The phrase is faulty; but less so than the following. To such I would address with this most affectionate petition.
Young Turnus to the beauteous maid aldrest.
The latter is admissible in poetry, as an elliptical phrase.
4. To present an address, as a letter of thanks or congratulation, a petition, or a testimony of respect; as, the legislature addressed the president.
5. To court or make suit as a lover.
6. In commerce, to consign or entrust to the care of another, as agent or factor; as, the ship was addressed to a merchant in Baltimore.
1. A speaking to; verbal application; a formal manner of speech; as, when introduced, the president made a short address.
2. A written or formal application; a message of respect, congratulation, thanks, petition, etc.; as, an address of thanks; an officer is removable upon the address of both houses of assembly.
3. Manner of speaking to another; as, a man of pleasing address.
4. Courtship; more generally in the plural, addresses; as, he makes or pays his addresses to a lady.
5. Skill; dexterity; skillful management; as, the envoy conducted the negotiation with address.
6. Direction of a letter, including the name, title, and place of residence of the person for whom it is intended. hence these particulars are denominated, a man's address.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored [syn: address, computer address, reference]
2: the place where a person or organization can be found or communicated with
3: the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets" [syn: address, speech]
4: the manner of speaking to another individual; "he failed in his manner of address to the captain"
5: a sign in front of a house or business carrying the conventional form by which its location is described
6: written directions for finding some location; written on letters or packages that are to be delivered to that location [syn: address, destination, name and address]
7: the stance assumed by a golfer in preparation for hitting a golf ball
8: social skill [syn: savoir-faire, address] v
1: speak to; "He addressed the crowd outside the window" [syn: address, turn to]
2: give a speech to; "The chairman addressed the board of trustees" [syn: address, speak]
3: put an address on (an envelope) [syn: address, direct]
4: direct a question at someone
5: address or apply oneself to something, direct one's efforts towards something, such as a question
6: greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name; "He always addresses me with `Sir'"; "Call me Mister"; "She calls him by first name" [syn: address, call]
7: access or locate by address
8: act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression; "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China" [syn: cover, treat, handle, plow, deal, address]
9: speak to someone [syn: address, accost, come up to]
10: adjust and aim (a golf ball) at in preparation of hitting

Merriam Webster's

I. verb Etymology: Middle English adressen, from Anglo-French adrescer, from a- (from Latin ad-) + drescer to to direct, put right more at dress Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. archaic a. direct, aim b. to direct to go ; send 2. a. to direct the efforts or attention of (oneself) <will address himself to the problem> b. to deal with ; treat <intrigued by the chance to address important issues I. L. Horowitz> 3. archaic to make ready; especially dress 4. a. to communicate directly <addresses his thanks to his host> b. to speak or write directly to; especially to deliver a formal speech to 5. a. to mark directions for delivery on <address a letter> b. to consign to the care of another (as an agent or factor) 6. to greet by a prescribed form 7. to adjust the club preparatory to hitting (a golf ball) 8. to identify (as a computer peripheral or memory location) by an address or a name for information transfer intransitive verb obsolete to direct one's speech or attentions addresser noun II. noun Date: 1539 1. dutiful and courteous attention especially in courtship usually used in plural 2. a. readiness and capability for dealing (as with a person or problem) skillfully and smoothly ; adroitness b. obsolete a making ready; also a state of preparedness 3. a. manner of bearing oneself <a man of rude address> b. manner of speaking or singing ; delivery 4. a formal communication; especially a prepared speech delivered to a special audience or on a special occasion 5. a. a place where a person or organization may be communicated with b. directions for delivery on the outside of an object (as a letter or package) c. the designation of place of delivery placed between the heading and salutation on a business letter d. the designation of a computer account from which one can send or receive e-mail 6. a preparatory position of the player and club in golf 7. a. a location (as in the memory of a computer) where particular information is stored b. a series of usually alphanumeric characters that specifies the storage location (as on a network or in a computer's memory) of particular information <an Internet address> Synonyms: see tact

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a the place where a person lives or an organization is situated. b particulars of this, esp. for postal purposes. c Computing the location of an item of stored information. 2 a discourse delivered to an audience. 3 skill, dexterity, readiness. 4 (in pl.) a courteous approach, courtship (pay one's addresses to). 5 archaic manner in conversation. --v.tr. 1 write directions for delivery (esp. the name and address of the intended recipient) on (an envelope, packet, etc.). 2 direct in speech or writing (remarks, a protest, etc.). 3 speak or write to, esp. formally (addressed the audience; asked me how to address a duke). 4 direct one's attention to. 5 Golf take aim at or prepare to hit (the ball). Phrases and idioms: address oneself to 1 speak or write to. 2 attend to. Derivatives: addresser n. Etymology: ME f. OF adresser ult. f. L (as AD-, directus DIRECT): (n.) perh. f. F adresse

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Address Ad*dress", v. t. To address the ball (Golf), to take aim at the ball, adjusting the grip on the club, the attitude of the body, etc., to a convenient position. Adenoid Ad"e*noid, n. (Med.) A swelling produced by overgrowth of the adenoid tissue in the roof of the pharynx; -- usually in pl.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Address Ad*dress", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Addressed; p. pr. & vb. n. Addressing.] [OE. adressen to raise erect, adorn, OF. adrecier, to straighten, address, F. adresser, fr. [`a] (L. ad) + OF. drecier, F. dresser, to straighten, arrange. See Dress, v.] 1. To aim; to direct. [Obs.] --Chaucer. And this good knight his way with me addrest. --Spenser. 2. To prepare or make ready. [Obs.] His foe was soon addressed. --Spenser. Turnus addressed his men to single fight. --Dryden. The five foolish virgins addressed themselves at the noise of the bridegroom's coming. --Jer. Taylor. 3. Reflexively: To prepare one's self; to apply one's skill or energies (to some object); to betake. These men addressed themselves to the task. --Macaulay. 4. To clothe or array; to dress. [Archaic] Tecla . . . addressed herself in man's apparel. --Jewel. 5. To direct, as words (to any one or any thing); to make, as a speech, petition, etc. (to any one, an audience). The young hero had addressed his players to him for his assistance. --Dryden. 6. 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. Are not your orders to address the senate? --Addison. The representatives of the nation addressed the king. --Swift. 7. To direct in writing, as a letter; to superscribe, or to direct and transmit; as, he addressed a letter. 8. To make suit to as a lover; to court; to woo. 9. (Com.) To consign or intrust to the care of another, as agent or factor; as, the ship was addressed to a merchant in Baltimore. To address one's self to. (a) To prepare one's self for; to apply one's self to. (b) To direct one's speech or discourse to.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Address Ad*dress", v. i. 1. To prepare one's self. [Obs.] ``Let us address to tend on Hector's heels.'' --Shak. 2. To direct speech. [Obs.] Young Turnus to the beauteous maid addrest. --Dryden. Note: The intransitive uses come from the dropping out of the reflexive pronoun.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Address Ad*dress, n. [Cf. F. adresse. See Address, v. t.] 1. Act of preparing one's self. [Obs.] --Jer Taylor. 2. Act of addressing one's self to a person; verbal application. 3. A formal communication, either written or spoken; a discourse; a speech; a formal application to any one; a petition; a formal statement on some subject or special occasion; as, an address of thanks, an address to the voters. 4. Direction or superscription of a letter, or the name, title, and place of residence of the person addressed. 5. Manner of speaking to another; delivery; as, a man of pleasing or insinuating address. 6. Attention in the way one's addresses to a lady. --Addison. 7. Skill; skillful management; dexterity; adroitness. Syn: Speech; discourse; harangue; oration; petition; lecture; readiness; ingenuity; tact; adroitness.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(addresses, addressing, addressed) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. Your address is the number of the house, flat, or apartment and the name of the street and the town where you live or work. The address is 2025 M Street, Northwest, Washington, DC, 20036... We require details of your name and address. N-COUNT: usu poss N 2. If a letter, envelope, or parcel is addressed to you, your name and address have been written on it. Applications should be addressed to: The business affairs editor. VERB: usu passive, be V-ed to n 3. The address of a website is its location on the Internet, for example http://www.cobuild.collins.co.uk. (COMPUTING) N-COUNT 4. If you address a group of people, you give a speech to them. He is due to address a conference on human rights next week. VERB: V n Address is also a noun. The President gave an address to the American people. N-COUNT 5. If you address someone or address a remark to them, you say something to them. (FORMAL) The two foreign ministers did not address each other directly when they last met... He addressed his remarks to Eleanor, ignoring Maria. VERB: V n, V n to n 6. If you address a problem or task or if you address yourself to it, you try to understand it or deal with it. Mr King sought to address those fears when he spoke at the meeting... Throughout the book we have addressed ourselves to the problem of ethics. VERB: V n, V pron-refl to n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. Direct (words, etc.), accost, speak to, apply to, invoke, court, pay court to, make suit to, direct (a letter, etc.), indite, consign. II. n. 1. Appeal, invocation, petition, entreaty, request, imploration, application, solicitation, suit. 2. Discourse, speech, oration, harangue. 3. Skill, art, adroitness, readiness, dexterity, expertness, cleverness, ingenuity, ability, tact, management. 4. Superscription, direction. 5. Manner (in speaking to another). 6. Place by the post or mail, post-office, place for receiving correspondence.

Moby Thesaurus

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