addressad‧dress2 /əˈdres/ ●○○ verb [transitive] 1 TCMSENDif you address an envelope, package etc, you write on it the name and address of the person you are sending it toaddress something to somebody That letter was addressed to me. Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (=with your address on it so it can be sent back to you).2 formal if you address a problem, you start trying to solve itaddress a problem/question/issue etc Our products address the needs of real users.address yourself to something Marlowe now addressed himself to the task of searching the room.3 formal to speak to someone directly She turned to address the man on her left.4 formal if you address remarks, complaints etc to someone, you say or write them directly to that person You will have to address your comments to our Head Office.5 TALK/MAKE A SPEECHto make a formal speech to a large group of peopleaddress a meeting/conference etc He addressed an audience of 10,000 supporters.6 TALK TO somebodyto use a particular title or name when speaking or writing to someoneaddress somebody as something The president should be addressed as ‘Mr. President’.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusaddress• Environmental problems relating to the factory have yet to be addressed.• He argues that the main issue is not being addressed.• Three Republican candidates addressed a group of 500 senior citizens concerning tax cuts.• Rifkind addressed a news conference before leaving for Beijing yesterday.• Every pupil should now be addressed by the police at least every two or three years.• This question needs to be addressed, following the presidential election on May 20.• Meanwhile, other politicians have offered their own proposals to address the advantages enjoyed by the wealthy.• Suzanne turned to address the man asking the question.• Luxembourg and United States courts have addressed the matter, and the judgments reveal the reality of these fears.• The article addresses the problems of malnutrition in the state.• None of them addressed the stadium as part of a park -- or a neighborhood -- or a great city.• Storni addresses this woman, upon whom the burden of stoicism sits heavy.address something to somebody• Address the letter to Dr. Joanna Miles.address a problem/question/issue etc• The people who are employed or are inmates, will address issues in a particular way.• You have to continually be pro-active to address issues of racism.• We did not expect or intend that the project should address issues of this kind.• By now Haza was addressing issues other than forbidden love.• These protections addressed issues ranging from the death penalty and homosexual rights to term limits, campaign-finance reform, and congressional redistricting.• And so they address a question to the world: What are you, you out there?address a meeting/conference etc• The remaining ministers and elders found themselves being invited to address meetings all over the province to explain the imprisonment.• The next day Kennedy was addressing a meeting in a black church in Los Angeles.• He was thus involved in extensive travelling throughout the District, addressing meetings of branches, trade unions and co-operative societies.• My noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State addressed a meeting of farmers in my constituency.• She and other party activists travelled to Dumfries to hear Joyce address a meeting on 7 February 1935.• Horne, whose passion was golf, seemed for ever off in a taxi to address a meeting somewhere.address somebody as something• You should address him as "Mr. President."