noun , verb
■ noun / əˈdres; NAmE ˈædres/
[ C ] details of where sb lives or works and where letters, etc. can be sent :
What's your name and address ?
I'll give you my address and phone number.
Is that your home address ?
Please note my change of address .
Police found him at an address (= a house or flat / apartment) in West London.
people of no fixed address (= with no permanent home)
—see also forwarding address
[ C ] ( computing ) a series of words and symbols that tells you where you can find sth using a computer, for example on the Internet :
What's your email address ?
The project has a new website address
[ C ] a formal speech that is made in front of an audience :
tonight's televised presidential address
➡ note at speech
[ U ] form / mode of ~ the correct title, etc. to use when you talk to sb
■ verb /əˈdres/ [ vn ]
[ usually passive ] address sth (to sb/sth) to write on an envelope, etc. the name and address of the person, company, etc. that you are sending it to by mail :
The letter was correctly addressed, but delivered to the wrong house.
Address your application to the Personnel Manager.
—see also SAE , SASE
to make a formal speech to a group of people :
to address a meeting
address sb | address sth to sb ( formal ) to say sth directly to sb :
I was surprised when he addressed me in English.
Any questions should be addressed to your teacher.
address sb (as sth) to use a particular name or title for sb when you speak or write to them :
The judge should be addressed as 'Your Honour'.
address (yourself to) sth ( formal ) to think about a problem or a situation and decide how you are going to deal with it :
Your essay does not address the real issues.
We must address ourselves to the problem of traffic pollution.
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- towards + directus past participle of dirigere , from di- distinctly or de- down + regere put straight. The noun is of mid 16th-cent. origin in the sense act of approaching or speaking to someone .