• Noun:
    • (RP) enPR: ədrĕsʹ, IPA: /əˈdɹɛs/
    • (GA, Canada) enPR: ăʹdrĕs, IPA: /əˈdɹɛs/, /ˈædɹɛs/
  • Verb:
    • (RP, Canada) enPR: ədrĕsʹ, IPA: /əˈdɹɛs/
    • (GA) enPR ədrĕsʹ, IPA: /əˈdɹɛs/, /æˈdɹɛs/
    • (GA, rare) enPR: ăʹdrĕs, IPA: /ˈædɹɛs/

address (plural addresses)

  1. Direction or superscription of a letter, or the name, title, and place of residence of the person addressed.
  2. Act of addressing oneself to a person or group; a discourse or speech.
    • 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet, VII:
      Mr. Gregson, who had listened to this address with considerable impatience, could contain himself no longer.
  3. Manner of speaking to another; delivery.
    a man of pleasing or insinuating address
  4. (archaic) Attention in the way one addresses a lady or one's lover.
    • 1723, Richard Steele, The Lover and Reader (page 115)
      Tho' he was thus agreeable, and I neither insensible of his Perfections, nor displeased at his Addresses to me, yet […]
  5. Skill; skillful management; dexterity; adroitness.
    • 1813, "Customs, Manners, and present Appearance of Constantinople", The New Annual Register, or General Repository of History, Politics, and Literature for the year 1812, p. 179 (Google preview) ↗:
      At their turning-lathes, they employ their toes to guide the chisel; and, in these pedipulations, shew to Europeans a diverting degree of address.
  6. (obsolete) Act of preparing oneself.
  7. A description of the location of a property, usually with at least a street name and number.
    The President's address is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.
  8. (by extension) The property itself.
    I went to his address but there was nobody there.
  9. (computing) A storage location in computer memory.
    The program will crash if there is no valid data stored at that address.
  10. (Internet) A text string designating a resource to be fetched, such as a web page; a URL.
  11. (Internet) An e-mail address.
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  • German: Ansprache
  • Russian: уха́живание
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address (addresses, present participle addressing; past and past participle addressed)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To prepare oneself.
    • c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene ii] ↗:
      Let us address to tend on Hector's heels.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To direct#Verb|direct speech.
    • 1697, “Virgil’s Æneis, Book VII”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. […], London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, […], OCLC 403869432 ↗, page 402 ↗:
      Young Turnus to the Beauteous Maid addreſs’d.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To aim; to direct#Verb|direct.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Book I Canto X:
      And this good knight his way with me addrest.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To prepare or make ready.
    • His foe was soon addressed.
    • 1697, “Virgil’s Æneis, Book X”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. […], London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, […], OCLC 403869432 ↗, page 517 ↗:
      Then Turnus, from his chariot, leaping light, Addreſs’d himſelf on foot to ſingle fight.
    • 1649, Jeremy Taylor, The Great Exemplar of Sanctity and Holy Life According to the Christian Institution
      The five foolish virgins addressed themselves at the noise of the bridegroom's coming.
  5. (transitive, reflexive) To prepare oneself; to apply one's skill or energies (to some object); to betake.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 6, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 3
      […] good heavens! dumplings for supper! One young fellow in a green box coat, addressed himself to these dumplings in a most direful manner.
  6. (reflexive) To direct one’s remarks (to someone).
    • 1701, Thomas Brown, Laconics, or New Maxims of State and Conversation, London: Thomas Hodgson, section 76, p. 103,
      In the Reign of King Charles the Second, a certain Worthy Divine at Whitehall, thus Address’d himself to the Auditory at the conclusion of his Sermon.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Volume I, Chapter 11,
      He addressed himself directly to Miss Bennet, with a polite congratulation […]
    • 1876, Henry Martyn Robert, Robert’s Rules of Order, Chicago: S.C. Griggs & Co., p. 66, Article V, Section 34,
      When any member is about to speak in debate, he shall rise and respectfully address himself to “Mr. Chairman.”
  7. (transitive, archaic) To clothe or array; to dress.
    Synonyms: beclothe, dight, put on, Thesaurus:clothe
  8. (Discuss([Wiktionary:Tea_room/2020/Agosto?action=edit§ion=new&preloadtitle=%5B%5Baddress%5D%5D +]) this sense) (transitive) To direct, as words (to anyone or anything); to make, as a speech, petition, etc. (to any audience).
    • 1697, “Dedication [of the Æneis]”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. […], London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, […], OCLC 403869432 ↗, page 187 ↗:
      though the young Heroe had addreſs’d his Prayers to him for his aſſiſtance
    He addressed some portions of his remarks to his supporters, some to his opponents.
  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.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 2, scene 2]:
      Are not your orders to address the senate?
    • 1724, Jonathan Swift, Drapier's Letters, 3
      The representatives of the nation in parliament, and the privy council, address the king
    • 1989, Grant Naylor, Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers
      Rimmer paused for no discernible reason, then yelled, equally inexplicably: 'Shut up!', wheeled round 180º, and appeared to be addressing a dartboard.
  10. (transitive) To direct in writing, as a letter; to superscribe, or to direct and transmit.
    He addressed a letter.
  11. (transitive) To make suit to as a lover; to court; to woo.
    Synonyms: romance, put the moves on, Thesaurus:woo
  12. (transitive) To consign or entrust to the care of another, as agent or factor.
    The ship was addressed to a merchant in Baltimore.
  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. (transitive, computing) To refer to a location in computer memory.
  16. (golf, transitive) To get ready to hit (the ball on the tee).
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  • German: sich vorbereiten
  • Spanish: preparar
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  • Russian: уха́живать
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