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noun 
  1. Direction or superscription of a letter, or the name, title, and place of residence of the person addressed.
  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. Manner of speaking to another; delivery; as, a man of pleasing or insinuating address.
  5. Attention in the way one's addresses to a lady. Addison.
  6. Skill; skillful management; dexterity; adroitness.
  7. (obsolete) Act of preparing one's self. Jer Taylor.
  8. street address
verb (inf=to address, addresses, addressing, addressed or {obsolete) addrest)
  1. (intransitive) (obsolete) To prepare one's self.
Let us to tend on Hector's heels. - Shakespeare
  1. (intransitive) (obsolete) To direct speech.
Young Turnus to the beauteous maid . - Dryden
  1. (transitive) (obsolete) To aim; to direct.
And this good knight his way with me addrest. - Spenser
  1. (transitive) (obsolete) To prepare or make ready.
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. - Jeremy Taylor
  1. (transitive) (reflexive) 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
  1. (transitive) (archaic) To clothe or array; to dress.
Tecla ... addressed herself in man's apparel. - Jewel
  1. (transitive) 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
  1. (transitive) 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 the senate? - Addison
The representatives of the nation addressed the king. - Swift
  1. (transitive) To direct in writing, as a letter; to superscribe, or to direct and transmit; as, he addressed a letter.
  2. (transitive) To make suit to as a lover; to court; to woo.
  3. (transitive) To consign or intrust to the care of another, as agent or factor; as, the ship was addressed to a merchant in Baltimore.
  4. (transitive) To address one's self to; to prepare one's self for; to apply one's self to; to direct one's speech or discourse to.
  5. (transitive) (formal) To handle, discuss about a problem especially to solve it.
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Etymology: adressen, to raise erect, adorn, adrecier, to straighten, address, French adresser, from í (Latin adLatin, ad) + Old French drecier, French dresser, to straighten, arrange; see dress


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