- 1The particulars of the place where someone lives or an organization is situated: they exchanged addresses and agreed to keep in touchMore example sentences
- 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 itself: our officers went to the addressMore example sentences
- So it would seem switching service from one address to another is likely a pretty routine, fairly common occurrence.
- It's a widespread misconception that one must have a traditional permanent address in order to vote.
- I feel very powerful and godlike zooming around in the sky over the city, swooping down on this address or that.
- 1.2 Computing A string of characters that identifies a destination for e-mail messages or the location of a website.More 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.
- 1.3 Computing A binary number that identifies a particular location in a data storage system or computer memory.More example sentences
- 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: delivered an address to the National Council of TeachersMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2 (addresses) • archaic Courteous or amorous approaches to someone: he persecuted her with his addressesMore example sentences
- 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 • dated Skill, dexterity, or readiness: he rescued me with the most consummate addressMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Write the name and address of the intended recipient on (an envelope, letter, or package): I addressed my letter to him personally (as adjective addressed) an addressed envelopeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2Speak to (a person or an assembly), typically in a formal way: she addressed an audience of the most important Shawnee chiefs they addressed themselves to my fatherMore example sentences
talk to, give a talk to, speak to, make a speech to, give a lecture to, lecture, hold forth to; preach to, give a sermon to• informal buttonhole, collar
- 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.
- 2.1 (address someone as) Name someone in a specified way when talking or writing: she addressed my father as “Mr. Stevens.”More example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2 (address something to) Say or write remarks or a protest to (someone): address your complaints to the Board of ReviewMore example sentences
- 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 addressedMore example sentences
- 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.
- 4 Golf Take up one’s stance and prepare to hit (the ball).More example sentences
- 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.
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 timeMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 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- 'toward' + directus (see direct). The noun is of mid 16th-century origin in the sense 'act of approaching or speaking to someone'.