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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: adresser, from dresser 'to arrange'

address

2 verb
     
Related topics: Mail
ad‧dress2 S3 W2 [transitive]
1TCM if you address an envelope, package etc, you write on it the name and address of the person you are sending it to
address 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 it
address 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 to make a formal speech to a large group of people
address a meeting/conference etc
He addressed an audience of 10,000 supporters.
6 to use a particular title or name when speaking or writing to someone
address somebody as something
The president should be addressed as 'Mr. President'.

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