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Old English adressen, to raise erect, adorn, Old French adrecier, to straighten, address, French adresser, from à (Latin ad) + Old French drecier, French dresser, to straighten, arrange; see dress. Originally from the Latin ad, "to" and directus, "straight" or "right" signifying "right to the point."
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- Direction or superscription of a letter, or the name, title, and place of residence of the person addressed.
- Act of addressing one's self to a person; verbal application.
- 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.
- Manner of speaking to another; delivery; as, a man of pleasing or insinuating address.
- Attention in the way one's addresses to a lady. Addison.
- Skill; skillful management; dexterity; adroitness.
- (obsolete) Act of preparing one's self.
- street address
Third person singular
- (intransitive) (obsolete) To prepare one's self.
- Let us address to tend on Hector's heels. - Shakespeare
- (intransitive) (obsolete) To direct speech.
- Young Turnus to the beauteous maid address. - Dryden
- (transitive) (obsolete) To aim; to direct.
- And this good knight his way with me addrest. - Spenser
- (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
- (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
- (transitive) (archaic) To clothe or array; to dress.
- Tecla ... addressed herself in man's apparel. - Jewel
- (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
- (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 address the senate? - Addison
- The representatives of the nation addressed the king. - Swift
- (transitive) To direct in writing, as a letter; to superscribe, or to direct and transmit; as, he addressed a letter.
- (transitive) To make suit to as a lover; to court; to woo.
- (transitive) To consign or intrust to the care of another, as agent or factor; as, the ship was addressed to a merchant in Baltimore.
- (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.
- (transitive) (formal) To handle, discuss about a problem especially to solve it.
- This meeting hopes to address how to improve sales overseas.
The intransitive uses come from the dropping out of the reflexive pronoun.
Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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