Pronunciation: ( —n.u-dres', ad'res; —v.u-dres'),[key] —n., v.,-dressed or -drest, -dress•ing.
—n. 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.
—v.t. 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.
—v.i.Obs. 1. to make an appeal.
2. to make preparations.