Meaning of ADDRESS in English

I. ad ‧ dress 1 S2 W2 /əˈdres $ əˈdres, ˈædres/ BrE AmE noun

1 . [countable]

a) the details of the place where someone lives or works, which you use to send them letters etc:

What’s your new address?

I can give you the address of a good attorney.

b) the series of letters and other symbols that you put when sending email to a particular person, or that is the name of a website:

They have changed the address of their website.

2 . [countable] a formal speech that someone makes to a group of people

address to

an address to the European Parliament

presidential/inaugural etc address

The new President delivered his inaugural address in Creole.

3 . form/mode/style of address the correct title or name that you should use when speaking or writing to someone

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▪ sb’s home/private address

What’s your home address?

▪ sb’s work/business/school address

I sent the letter to her work address.


My business address is on my card.

▪ sb’s email address

I can’t find his email address.

▪ a web/website address

Just type in the web address.

▪ a postal/mailing address (=the place where a letter is sent )

Please give your bank’s full postal address.

▪ the full address

They need the full address, including the postcode.

▪ a forwarding address (=a new address for sending mail to when you move from your old address)

They moved without leaving a forwarding address.

▪ a false/fake address

He gave the police a false address.

▪ sb’s old/new address

I’ve only got his old address.

■ verbs

▪ give somebody your address

She refused to give me her address.

▪ have/know sb’s address

Do you know Helen’s address?


No one seems to have his address.

▪ lose sb’s address

I wanted to write to him, but I’ve lost his address.

■ phrases

▪ sb’s name and address

We’ll need your full name and address.

▪ a change of address (=a new address when you move to a different place)

You need to inform your bank if there’s been a change of address.

▪ of no fixed address (=having no permanent home – used especially in news reports)

a 25-year-old man of no fixed address

▪ an address book (=a book or a file on your computer, where you keep people’s addresses)

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▪ speech a talk, especially a formal one about a particular subject, given to a group of people:

The bridegroom usually makes a speech after the wedding.


In her speech, she proposed major changes to the welfare system.


the opening speech of the conference

▪ address formal a speech that a very important person gives to a large group of people:

the President's address to the nation


He was surrounded by security officers as he made his address.

▪ talk an occasion when someone speaks to a group of people giving them information about a particular subject or about their experiences:

I went to an interesting talk on the wildlife of Antarctica.


He's been asked to give a talk about his trip to India.

▪ lecture a talk, especially on an ↑ academic subject and given to students in a university:

a lecture on 17th century French literature


Professor Black is giving the lecture.

▪ presentation a talk in which you describe or explain a new product or idea, especially one you give for your company:

I had to give a presentation to the board of directors.


He's making a presentation to the management of a well-known manufacturing company.

▪ sermon a talk given by a priest or a religious leader:

The vicar preached a sermon about the need for forgiveness.

▪ statement a spoken or written announcement that someone makes in public, often to ↑ journalist s :

The minister issued a short statement in which he said he had no plans to resign.

II. ad ‧ dress 2 S2 W2 /əˈdres/ BrE AmE verb [transitive]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: adresser , from dresser 'to arrange' ]

1 . if you address an envelope, package etc, you write on it the name and address of the person you are sending it to

address something to somebody

That letter was addressed to me.

Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (=with your address on it so it can be sent back to you) .

2 . formal if you address a problem, you start trying to solve it

address a problem/question/issue etc

Our products address the needs of real users.

address yourself to something

Marlowe now addressed himself to the task of searching the room.

3 . formal to speak to someone directly:

She turned to address the man on her left.

4 . formal if you address remarks, complaints etc to someone, you say or write them directly to that person:

You will have to address your comments to our Head Office.

5 . to make a formal speech to a large group of people

address a meeting/conference etc

He addressed an audience of 10,000 supporters.

6 . to use a particular title or name when speaking or writing to someone

address somebody as something

The president should be addressed as ‘Mr. President’.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.