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verb [transitive] address pronunciation in American English /əˈdres/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleaddressing
past tenseaddressed
past participleaddressed
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  1. 1
    to write the name and address of a particular person or organization on an envelope, package, etc.
    Would you help me address these envelopes?
    address something to someone: This letter is addressed to Alice McQueen.
  2. 2
    to speak publicly to a group of people
    to address a meeting/conference/audience/assembly
    1. a.
      formal to speak directly to someone who is with you
      He turned his head to address me.
      address something to someone: Throughout the conversation, he addressed his remarks to my husband.
    2. b.
      to call someone a particular name or title when you speak to them
      We were all addressed by our last name.
      His stepchildren address him as “Mr. H.”
  3. 3
    to try to deal with a problem or question, for example by thinking carefully about it, or by doing things to improve a situation
    Governments have been slow to address the problem of global warming.
    A number of issues are being addressed.
    address yourself to something: We need to address ourselves to the question of cost.
  4. 4
    to officially tell a particular person or organization your complaints, questions, or comments
    address something to someone: All inquiries should be addressed to the head office.


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