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verb [transitive]     address pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleaddressing
past tenseaddressed
past participleaddressed
  1. 1
    to write the name and address of a particular person or organization on an envelope, parcel etc

    Would you help me address these envelopes?

    address something to someone:

    This letter is addressed to Alice McQueen.

  2. 2
    to officially tell a particular person or organization your complaints, questions, or comments
    address something to someone:

    All enquiries should be addressed to head office.

  3. 3
    to speak publicly to a group of people
    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
      address someone as/by something:

      The prince should be addressed as ‘Sir’ at all times.

      We were all addressed by surname.

  4. 4
    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.

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