- 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 something The letter was correctly addressed, but delivered to the wrong house. address something to somebody/something Address your application to the Personnel Manager. compare readdress see also sae, SASE
- 2to make a formal speech to a group of people to address a meeting The President has been asked to address the assembly.
- 3(formal) to say something directly to somebody address somebody I was surprised when he addressed me in English. address something to somebody Any questions should be addressed to your teacher. The book is addressed to the general reader.
- 4address somebody (as something) to use a particular name or title for somebody when you speak or write to them There are different ways in which to address a member of the royal family. The judge should be addressed as ‘Your Honour’. In Britain, a surgeon is addressed as ‘Mr’ not ‘Dr’.
- 5(formal) to think about a problem or a situation and decide how you are going to deal with it address something Your essay does not address the real issues. address yourself to something We must address ourselves to the problem of traffic pollution. Word Origin 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-
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BrE BrE//əˈdres//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdres//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they address
BrE BrE//əˈdres//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdres//he / she / it addresses
BrE BrE//əˈdresɪz//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdresɪz//past simple addressed
BrE BrE//əˈdrest//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdrest//past participle addressed
BrE BrE//əˈdrest//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdrest//-ing form addressing
BrE BrE//əˈdresɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈdresɪŋ//