Meaning of ADDRESS in English

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.

—compare readdress

—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 .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.