Definition of address noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈdres//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈdres//
    , also NAmE//ˈædres//
    Email, Websites
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  1. 1  [countable] details of where somebody lives or works and where letters, etc. can be sent What's your name and address? I'll give you my address and phone number. Is that your home address? Please note my change of address. Police found him at an address (= a house or flat/apartment) in West London. people of no fixed address (= with no permanent home) see also forwarding address
  2. 2  [countable] (computing) a series of words and symbols that tells you where you can find something using a computer, for example on the Internet What's your email address? The project has a new web address. Wordfinderaddress, attachment, compose, draft, email, emoticon, forward, inbox, message, re See related entries: Email, Websites
  3. 3[countable] a formal speech that is made in front of an audience tonight’s televised presidential address Synonymsspeechlecture address talk sermonThese are all words for a talk given to an audience.speech a formal talk given to an audience:Several people made speeches at the wedding.lecture a talk given to a group of people to tell them about a particular subject, often as part of a university or college course:a lecture on the Roman army a course/​series of lecturesaddress a formal speech given to an audience:a televised presidential addressspeech or address?A speech can be given on a public or private occasion; an address is always public:He gave an address at the wedding.talk a fairly informal session in which somebody tells a group of people about a subject:She gave an interesting talk on her visit to China.sermon a talk on a moral or religious subject, usually given by a religious leader during a service:to preach a sermonPatterns a long/​short speech/​lecture/​address/​talk/​sermon a keynote speech/​lecture/​address to write/​prepare/​give/​deliver/​hear a(n) speech/​lecture/​address/​talk/​sermon to attend/​go to a lecture/​talk CollocationsVoting in electionsRunning for election conduct/​hold an election/​a referendum (especially North American English) run for office/​election/​governor/​mayor/​president/​the White House (especially British English) stand for election/​office/​Parliament/​the Labour Party/​a second term hold/​call/​contest a general/​national election launch/​run a presidential election campaign support/​back a candidate sway/​convince/​persuade voters/​the electorate appeal to/​attract/​woo/​target (North American English) swing voters/(British English) floating voters fix/​rig/​steal an election/​the voteVoting go to/​be turned away from (especially British English) a polling station/(North American English) a polling place cast a/​your vote/​ballot (for somebody) vote for the Conservative candidate/​the Democratic party mark/​spoil your ballot paper count (British English) the postal votes/(especially North American English) the absentee ballots go to/​be defeated at the ballot box get/​win/​receive/​lose votes get/​win (60% of) the popular/​black/​Hispanic/​Latino/​Muslim vote win the election/(in the US) the primaries/​a seat in Parliament/​a majority/​power lose an election/​the vote/​your majority/​your seat win/​come to power in a landslide (victory) (= with many more votes than any other party) elect/​re-elect somebody (as) mayor/​president/​an MP/​senator/​congressman/​congresswomanTaking power be sworn into office/​in as president take/​administer (in the US) the oath of office swear/​take (in the UK) an/​the oath of allegiance give/​deliver (in the US) the president’s inaugural address take/​enter/​hold/​leave office appoint somebody (as) ambassador/​governor/​judge/​minister form a government/​a cabinet serve two terms as prime minister/​in office
  4. 4[uncountable] form/mode of address the correct title, etc. to use when you talk to somebody
  5. Word OriginMiddle 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 past participle of dirigere, from di- ‘distinctly’ or de- ‘down’ + regere ‘put straight’. The noun is of mid 16th-cent. origin in the sense ‘act of approaching or speaking to someone’.Extra examples He gave a false address to the police. He gave details of the policy in an address to party members. I’m afraid there’s nobody called Williams at this address. Please inform us of any change of address. Please leave a contact address. Please write your full postal address. The Secretary General delivered the keynote address at the conference. There was no return address on the back of the envelope. What’s your email address? a man of no fixed address a public address system a radio address to the nation an address by the Chancellor of the University Half the names in his address book are crossed out. I’ll give you my address and telephone number. Is that your home address? Please note my change of address. Police found him at an address in West London. The last people left no forwarding address. The union leader gave a short but impassioned public address. What’s your name and address? a televised presidential address a web address an email address
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