Definition of address in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈdrɛs/


1The particulars of the place where someone lives or an organization is situated: they exchanged addresses and agreed to keep in touch
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  • The event served as a rendezvous for parents to exchange addresses for ‘further discussions’.
  • Paper was produced and they exchanged addresses.
  • They exchanged mailing addresses and became good friends after their chance meeting.
1.1The place where someone lives or an organization is situated: our officers called at the address
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  • Thousands of leaflets had been given to motorists passing through and 1,000 had been hand-delivered to addresses in the city centre.
  • All the offences are alleged to have taken place at two addresses in the Roehampton area on or before July 5 1985, and one charge relates to an alleged indecent assault on the Isle of Wight.
  • He was arrested by anti-terrorist officers last Wednesday while searches were carried out at three residential addresses and a farm in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
1.2A string of characters which identifies a destination for email messages or the location of a website.
Example sentences
  • Customers are also able to send photo messages to email addresses.
  • Whitelists, for example, search character strings to identify legitimate e-mail addresses.
  • References are made to the recipient's domain name and email address to give the message the smack of authenticity.
1.3A binary number which identifies a particular location in a data storage system or computer memory: a numerical value which acts as a storage address for the data
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  • The flash memory controller is used to control data access and specify an address of data storage.
  • Rather then knowing the various memory addresses, or offsets, needed to compromise systems, a single offset could work, Lynn said.
  • The rest of the boxes are flagged with the memory address of the cache line they contain.
2A formal speech delivered to an audience: an address to the European Parliament
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  • Other CPA officials I talked to said they had no knowledge of him delivering a farewell address.
  • He represented the US at a major public event in Battenberg Square in honour of the anniversary and delivered an address.
  • The Dalai Lama will also deliver an address to MSPs at the Scottish parliament during his tour, which begins in late May.
speech, lecture, talk, monologue, dissertation, discourse, oration, peroration;
sermon, homily, lesson;
North American  salutatory
informal spiel
2.1 [mass noun] archaic A person’s manner of speaking to someone else: his address was abrupt and unceremonious
2.2 (addresses) archaic Courteous or amorous approaches to someone: he persecuted her with his addresses
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  • The husband dying soon after this connection, Stanley became more at liberty to pay his addresses to the widow.
  • In 1645 he was reported to be taking serious steps to carry out his views on divorce by paying his addresses to ‘a very handsome and witty gentlewoman’.
  • She is prevented by motives of delicacy from accepting the renewal of his addresses.
3 [mass noun] dated Skill, dexterity, or readiness: he rescued me with the most consummate address
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  • Ten years later he conducted, with considerable address, the combined operations which led to the capture of Toulon.
  • William extricated himself from his difficulty with considerable address.
  • He conducted his search with considerable address, but everywhere he received the same reply.


[with object]
1Write the name and address of the intended recipient on (an envelope, letter, or parcel): I addressed my letter to him personally (as adjective addressed) please enclose a stamped addressed envelope
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  • If you would like to receive a reply then please enclose a stamped, addressed envelope with your letters.
  • I have spent the last couple of days bundling up parcels and addressing envelopes.
  • Please include a stamped and addressed envelope with your letter requesting an application form.
label, direct, inscribe, superscribe
send, direct, post, mail, communicate, convey, forward, remit
2Speak to (a person or an assembly): she addressed the open-air meeting
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  • The person obviously wasn't addressing him, but speaking to someone else.
  • When we speak, he addresses me like a slightly harried father chivvying a child.
  • They are both expected to address the assembled guests and students of the School.
talk to, give a talk to, give an address to, speak to, make a speech to, lecture, give a lecture to, hold forth to, give a discourse to, give a dissertation to, give an oration to, declaim to;
preach to, deliver a sermon to, give a sermon to, sermonize
informal speechify to, preachify to, spout to, jaw to, sound off to, spiel to, drone on to
2.1 (address someone as) Name someone (in the specified way) when talking to them: she addressed my father as ‘Mr Stevens’
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  • It took Anna a while to even get Nancy to call her by her name instead of addressing her as ‘your highness’.
  • Despite telling them her name, they address her as Bridey or Molly.
  • The phone book is alphabetized by first names, and a man named Sitha Sisana would be addressed as Mr. Sitha.
greet, hail, salute, speak to, write to, talk to, make conversation with, approach;
name, call, describe, designate
formal denominate
2.2 (address something to) Say or write remarks or a protest to: address your complaints to the Trading Standards Board
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  • He said he had not addressed the remark to the inspector but to someone beside him.
  • I think you need to address those remarks to him.
  • But that's not the crowd that I'm addressing my remarks to.
3Think about and begin to deal with (an issue or problem): a fundamental problem has still to be addressed
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  • The second half of this book, once the history has been dealt with, addresses the problems of the present, issue by issue.
  • On the whole, general comments now became longer and more analytical, and they began to address difficult issues of interpretation.
  • A typical day begins with a staff meeting, where any issues and problems are addressed.
attend to, tackle, see to, deal with, confront, grapple with, attack, buckle down to, get to grips with, embark on, settle down to, direct one's attention to, turn to, get down to, concentrate on, focus on, apply oneself to, devote oneself to;
turn one's hand to, try to deal with, try to sort out, take up, take in hand, undertake, engage in, become involved in
informal get stuck into, get cracking on, get weaving on, have a crack at, have a go at, have a shot at, have a stab at
4 Golf Take up one’s stance and prepare to hit (the ball): ensure that your weight is evenly spread when you address the ball
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  • You can figure the bounce angle by addressing the ball on a hard flat surface.
  • That illustrates the importance of addressing the ball on the equator and keeping your stroke rhythmical.
  • Walk around to address the ball while keeping the marker in view.
take aim at, aim at, face


form of address

A name or title used in speaking or writing to a person of a specified rank or function: ‘Venerable’ was the usual form of address for a priest at that time
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  • In the American South, the title Miz is spoken with a woman's first name as a respectful, but semi-familiar, form of address.
  • Sure enough, the job description calls for the Protocol director to handle such essential national duties as keeping the titles and correct forms of address for visiting dignitaries straight.
  • Every language has its subconscious cues, such as rank and forms of address, which are often reflective of the social order that speaks it.



Pronunciation: /əˈdrɛsə/
Example sentences
  • More specifically, it examines ‘how addressers construct linguistic messages for addressees and how addressees work on linguistic messages in order to interpret them.’
  • Poetry then embraces the failure of communication in terms of masses, but not between individual readers and writers, addressees and addressers.
  • The directedness of the relation between addresser and addressee arose with regard to oral and written communication and can be expected to reemerge with electronic communication.


Middle English (as a verb in the senses 'set upright' and 'guide, direct', hence 'write directions for delivery on' and 'direct spoken words to'): from Old French, based on Latin ad- 'towards' + directus (see direct). The noun is of mid 16th-century origin in the sense 'act of approaching or speaking to someone'.

  • This was first used in the senses ‘set upright’ and ‘guide, direct’, which developed into ‘write directions for delivery on’ and ‘direct spoken words to’. The source is Latin ad- ‘towards’ and directus ‘put straight’. Direction (early 16th century) shares the same source.

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