—n., v., -dressed or -drest, -dress•ing.
1. a speech or written statement, usually formal, directed to a particular group of persons: the President's address on the state of the economy.
2. a direction as to the intended recipient, written on or attached to a piece of mail.
3. the place or the name of the place where a person, organization, or the like is located or may be reached: What is your address when you're in Des Moines?
4. manner of speaking to persons; personal bearing in conversation.
5. skillful and expeditious management; ready skill; dispatch: to handle a matter with address.
6. Computers.a label, as an integer, symbol, or other set of characters, designating a location, register, etc., where information is stored in computer memory.
7. Govt.a request to the executive by the legislature to remove a judge for unfitness.
8. Usually, addresses. attentions paid by a suitor or lover; courtship.
9. (usually cap.) the reply to the King's speech in the English Parliament.
1. to direct a speech or written statement to: to address an assembly.
2. to use a specified form or title in speaking or writing to: Address the President as “Mr. President.”
3. to direct to the attention: He addressed his remarks to the lawyers in the audience.
4. to apply in speech (used reflexively, usually fol. by to): He addressed himself to the leader.
5. to deal with or discuss: to address the issues.
6. to put the directions for delivery on: to address a letter.
7. Com.to consign or entrust to the care of another, as agent or factor.
8. to direct the energy or efforts of (usually fol. by to): He addressed himself to the task.
9. to direct (data) to a specified location in an electronic computer.
10. Golf.to take a stance and place the head of the club behind (the ball) preparatory to hitting it.
11. Obs.to woo; court.
12. Archaic.to give direction to; aim.
13. Obs.to prepare.
1. to make an appeal.
2. to make preparations.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.