Meaning of address

ad•dress

Pronunciation: (n.u-dres', ad'resv.u-dres'), [key]
— n., v., -dressed -drest, -dress•ing.
—n.
  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. a label, as an integer, symbol, or other set of characters, designating a location, register, etc., where information is stored in computer memory.
  7. a request to the executive by the legislature to remove a judge for unfitness.
  8. Usually,attentions paid by a suitor or lover; courtship.
  9. (usually cap.) the reply to the King's speech in the English Parliament.
  10. preparation.
—v.t.
  1. to direct a speech or written statement to: to address an assembly.
  2. to use a specified form or title in speaking or writing to: Address the President as “Mr. President.”
  3. to direct to the attention: He addressed his remarks to the lawyers in the audience.
  4. to apply in speech (used reflexively, usually fol. by to): He addressed himself to the leader.
  5. to deal with or discuss: to address the issues.
  6. to put the directions for delivery on: to address a letter.
  7. to consign or entrust to the care of another, as agent or factor.
  8. to direct the energy or efforts of (usually fol. by to): He addressed himself to the task.
  9. to direct (data) to a specified location in an electronic computer.
  10. to take a stance and place the head of the club behind (the ball) preparatory to hitting it.
  11. to woo; court.
  12. to give direction to; aim.
  13. to prepare.
—v.i.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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