Definition of address verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



1 [usually passive] to write on an envelope, etc. the name and address of the person, company, etc. that you are sending it to by mail address somethingThe letter was correctly addressed, but delivered to the wrong house. address something to someone/somethingAddress your application to the Personnel Manager. compare readdress, see also SASE2 to make a formal speech to a group of peopleto address a meetingThe president has been asked to address the assembly.3 (formal) to say something directly to someone address someoneI was surprised when he addressed me in English. address something to someoneAny questions should be addressed to your teacher.The book is addressed to the general reader.4 address someone (as something) to use a particular name or title for someone when you speak or write to themThere are different ways in which to address a member of the clergy.The judge should be addressed as “Your Honor.”Many women prefer to be addressed as “Ms.” rather than “Miss” or “Mrs.”5 (formal) to think about a problem or a situation and decide how you are going to deal with it address somethingYour essay does not address the real issues. address yourself to somethingWe must address ourselves to the problem of traffic congestion.