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address
WordNet 2.0
  • social skill
  • the stance assumed by a golfer in preparation for hitting a golf ball
  • (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored
  • written directions for finding some location
  • written on letters or packages that are to be delivered to that location
  • a sign in front of a house or business carrying the conventional form by which its location is described
  • the manner of speaking to another individual
  • "he failed in his manner of address to the captain"
  • the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience
  • "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
  • the place where a person or organization can be found or communicated with
  • adjust and aim (a golf ball) at in preparation fo hitting
  • speak to
  • "He addressed the crowd outside the window"
  • give a speech to
  • "The chairman addressed the board of trustees"
  • speak to someone
  • put an address on (an envelope, for example)
  • deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression
  • "This book deals with incest"
  • "The course covered all of Western Civilization"
  • "The new book treats the history of China"
  • direct a question at someone
  • address or apply oneself to something, direct one''s efforts towards something, such as a question
  • access or locate by address
  • greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name
  • "He always addresses me with `Sir''"
  • "Call me Mister"
  • "She calls him by first name"
address
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To aim; to direct. [Obs.] Chaucer.

    "And this good knight his way with me addrest. Spenser." --

    2. To prepare or make ready. [Obs.]

    "His foe was soon addressed. Spenser." --

    "Turnus addressed his men to single fight. Dryden." --

    "The five foolish virgins addressed themselves at the noise of the bridegroom's coming. Jer. Taylor." --

    3. Reflexively: To prepare one's self; to apply one's skill or energies (to some object); to betake.

    "These men addressed themselves to the task. Macaulay." --

    4. To clothe or array; to dress. [Archaic]

    "Tecla . . . addressed herself in man's apparel. Jewel." --

    5. To direct, as words (to any one or any thing); to make, as a speech, petition, etc. (to any one, an audience).

    "The young hero had addressed his players to him for his assistance. Dryden." --

    6. To direct speech to; to make a communication to, whether spoken or written; to apply to by words, as by a speech, petition, etc., to speak to; to accost.

    "Are not your orders to address the senate? Addison." --

    "The representatives of the nation addressed the king. Swift." --

    7. To direct in writing, as a letter; to superscribe, or to direct and transmit; as, he addressed a letter.

    8. To make suit to as a lover; to court; to woo.

    9. (Com.) To consign or intrust to the care of another, as agent or factor; as, the ship was addressed to a merchant in Baltimore.

    To address one's self to
    (a) To prepare one's self for; to apply one's self to. (b) To direct one's speech or discourse to.

  • 1. To prepare one's self. [Obs.] "Let us address to tend on Hector's heels." Shak.

    2. To direct speech. [Obs.]

    "Young Turnus to the beauteous maid addrest. Dryden." --

    [MORE]
    The intransitive uses come from the dropping out of the reflexive pronoun.

  • 1. Act of preparing one's self. [Obs.] Jer Taylor.

    2. Act of addressing one's self to a person; verbal application.

    3. A formal communication, either written or spoken; a discourse; a speech; a formal application to any one; a petition; a formal statement on some subject or special occasion; as, an address of thanks, an address to the voters.

    4. Direction or superscription of a letter, or the name, title, and place of residence of the person addressed.

    5. Manner of speaking to another; delivery; as, a man of pleasing or insinuating address.

    6. Attention in the way one's addresses to a lady. Addison.

    7. Skill; skillful management; dexterity; adroitness.

    Syn. -- Speech; discourse; harangue; oration; petition; lecture; readiness; ingenuity; tact; adroitness.

 

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