Definition of address in English:


Line breaks: ad|dress
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.
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    • 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.


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  • 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, superscribesend, 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.
  • 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.



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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- 'towards' + directus (see direct). The noun is of mid 16th-century origin in the sense 'act of approaching or speaking to someone'.

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