Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To speak to.
  • transitive verb To make a formal speech to.
  • transitive verb To direct (a spoken or written message) to the attention of.
  • transitive verb To mark with a destination.
  • transitive verb To direct the efforts or attention of (oneself).
  • transitive verb To begin to deal with.
  • transitive verb To dispatch or consign (a ship, for example) to an agent or factor.
  • transitive verb Sports To adjust and aim the club at (a golf ball) in preparing for a stroke.
  • noun A description of the location of a person or organization, as written or printed on mail as directions for delivery.
  • noun The location at which a particular organization or person may be found or reached.
  • noun A name or a sequence of characters that designates an e-mail account or a specific site on the Internet or other network.
  • noun A name or number used in information storage or retrieval assigned to or identifying a specific memory location.
  • noun A formal speech or written communication.
  • noun Courteous attentions.
  • noun The manner or bearing of a person, especially in conversation.
  • noun Skill, deftness, or grace in dealing with people or situations.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Power of properly directing or guiding one's own action or conduct; skilful management; dexterity; adroitness: as, he managed the affair with address.
  • noun Direction or guidance of speech; the act or manner of speaking to persons; personal bearing in intercourse; accost: as, Sir is a title of address; he is a man of good address. Hence The attention paid by a lover to his mistress; courtship; plural (more commonly), the acts of courtship; the attentions of a lover: as, to pay one's addresses to a lady.
  • noun An utterance of thought addressed by speech to an audience, or transmitted in writing to a person or body of persons; usually, an expression of views or sentiments on some matter of direct concern or interest to the person or persons addressed; a speech or discourse suited to an occasion or to circumstances: as, to deliver an address on the events of the day; an address of congratulation; the address of Parliament in reply to the queen's speech.
  • noun A formal request addressed to the executive by one or both branches of a legislative body, requesting it to do a particular thing.
  • noun A direction for guidance, as to a person's abode; hence, the place at which a person resides, or the name and place of destination, with any other details, necessary for the direction of a letter or package: as, what is your present address? the address or superscription on a letter.
  • noun In equity pleading, the technical description in a bill of the court whose remedial power is sought.
  • noun In com., the act of despatching or consigning, as a ship, to an agent at the port of destination.
  • noun Formerly used in the sense of preparation, or the state of preparing or being prepared, and in various applications arising therefrom, as an appliance, array or dress, etc.
  • Primarily, to make direct or straight; straighten, or straighten up; hence, to bring into line or order, as troops (see dress); make right in general; arrange, redress, as wrongs, etc.
  • N. E. D. To direct in a course or to an end; impart a direction to, as toward an object or a destination; aim, as a missile; apply directly, as action.
  • To direct the energy or force of; subject to the effort of doing; apply to the accomplishment of: used reflexively, with to: as, he addressed himself to the work in hand.
  • To direct to the ear or attention, as speech or writing; utter directly or by direct transmission, as to a person or persons: as, to address a warning to a friend, or a petition to the legislature.
  • To direct speech or writing to; aim at the hearing or attention of; speak or write to: as, to address an assembly; he addressed his constituents by letter.
  • To apply in speech; subject to hearing or notice: used reflexively, with to: as, he addressed himself to the chairman.
  • To direct for transmission; put a direction or superscription on: as, to address a letter or parcel to a person at his residence; to address newspapers or circulars.
  • To direct attentions to in courtship; pay court to as a lover.
  • To prepare; make ready: often with to or for.
  • Hence To clothe or array; dress; adorn; trim.
  • In com., to consign or intrust to the care of another, as agent or factor: as, the ship was addressed to a merchant in Baltimore.
  • To direct speech; speak.
  • To make an address or appeal.
  • To make preparations; get ready.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb obsolete To prepare one's self.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To direct speech.
  • noun obsolete Act of preparing one's self.
  • noun Act of addressing one's self to a person; verbal application.
  • noun A formal communication, either written or spoken; a discourse; a speech; a formal application to any one; a petition; a formal statement on some subject or special occasion.
  • noun Direction or superscription of a letter, or the name, title, and place of residence of the person addressed.
  • noun Manner of speaking to another; delivery.
  • noun Attention in the way one's addresses to a lady.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English adressen, to direct, from Old French adresser, from Vulgar Latin *addīrēctiāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Vulgar Latin *dīrēctiāre, to straighten (from Latin dīrēctus, past participle of dīrigere, to direct; see direct).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English adressen ("to raise erect, adorn"), from Old French adrecier ("to straighten, address"), (French adresser), from a- (Latin ad ("to")) + drecier, (French dresser ("to straighten, arrange")) < Latin directus ("straight or right"), from the verb dīrigĕre, itself from regĕre ("to govern, to rule").

Examples

  • WORDS ACCENTED ON THE LAST SYLLABLE: address _address'_ adept _adept'_ adult _adult'_ ally _ally'_ commandant _commandänt '(ä as in arm) _ contour _contour'_ dessert _dessert'_ dilate _dilate'_ excise _eksiz'_ finance _finance'_ grimace _grimace'_ importune _importune'_ occult _occult'_ pretence _pretence'_ research _research'_ robust _robust'_ romance _romance'_ tirade _tirade'_

    Practical Grammar and Composition

  • * Set the reply to address function replyto ($address) $this - > replyto = trim ($address);

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  • * Sets an bcc address to send to function bcc ($address, $realname = '') if (! trim ($address)) return;

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  • * Sets an cc address to send to function cc ($address, $realname = '') if (! trim ($address)) return;

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  • * Set the reply to address function replyto ($address) $this - > replyto = trim ($address);

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  • * Sets an cc address to send to function cc ($address, $realname = '') if (! trim ($address)) return;

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  • * Set the from address function from ($address) $this - > from = trim ($address);

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  • * Sets an bcc address to send to function bcc ($address, $realname = '') if (! trim ($address)) return;

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  • * Sets an email address to send to function to ($address, $realname = '') global $config; if (! trim ($address)) return;

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  • * Set the from address function from ($address) $this - > from = trim ($address);

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Comments

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  • In an address of = concerning, aimed at, with/in reference to

    In an address to = In a speech addressing (someone)

    May 1, 2011

  • I've never heard 'in an address of'.

    May 1, 2011

  • Hi bilby and all!!

    Type "in an address of" in W♥rdnik search bar and see for yourself. "In an address of" does not seem to mean "in an adversion to" but rather "addressing, in/with/having regard to, etc." For example: "Many such claims were already made in an address of bilby". How do you think?

    May 2, 2011

  • This, I think, has been taken incorrectly from context. In the examples listed, the "address" is a speech. For instance, "in an address of President Obama" - the address/speech belongs to Obama. It's not an idiomatic phrase, just a use of "address" meaning "speech."

    Since the inversion of the possessive seems strange to our ears, many people add a redundant 's on the end - "in an address of President Obama's" - does anyone know if this is generally accepted?

    May 2, 2011

  • " 'S" as a genitive affix added to the end of the proper noun in question , blafferty, is a solecism unless you mean not to put a full stop to the expression. As for example: ❝...in an address of President Obama's secretary (or competence), etc.❞, ("competence" here refers to the content of the address which someone else than the President might have delivered). Are you sure you have chosen the right preposision in the phrase "on the end"? If you are, would you explain it to me why?

    My suggestion anent "in an address of" is logically possible, but in this way "an" is logically preferable to be omitted.

    "I never speak in address of people in absentia".

    May 3, 2011

  • Well, I am aware that the redundant 's is technically incorrect - I was wondering if people see it as commonly accepted. I seem to hear it a lot and I assume that the reason is that in English we generally use the 's form for possessives instead of the prepositional phrase, so it sounds strange to people's ears - they are over-correcting, I guess.

    Generally if the preposition 'of' would refer to the content like in the example you use here, "... in an address of the President's competence," the ambiguity leads most (in my experience) to re-phrase it to make it clear: "... in an address regarding the President's competency." Do others agree?

    Prepositions in English are so fickle and high-maintenance. Their meanings seem so vague but their usage is so specific.

    As for "on the end," it is correct if I am referring to the word, as in "Obama had an 's on the end." If I were referring to the end of the sentence, the appropriate preposition would be at - "the sentence had an 's at the end."

    May 3, 2011

  • I am sorry, blafferty. In no way do I regard "on" as the proper preposition in this case. I shall take the liberty to assume that you either tend to rely on literalism in the choice of prepositions, or you simply labour under misconceptions at times. But, I assure you that we can properly use "at" after "add's" object, as in "Occasionally, we can hear some people add " 's" at the end of the word". In that example I shall say it is a thought wiser to interchange the prep. "to" that "add" conventionally takes, with "at" since it conveys a better sense of joining the genitive morpheme to the word. But taking "on" in here would make my hair stand on end; it would even do so in "Obama had an 's on the end." It's not a surface! In the end, I would like to say I have never read in any reputable or reference book the use you aver. I can adduce examples in favour of my contention.

    (The English used the U.S.A is defiled beyond believe).

    Regards

    May 3, 2011

  • wtf

    May 3, 2011

  • "The English used the U.S.A is defiled beyond believe"

    What kind of semi-literate nonsense is this, pray tell?

    May 3, 2011

  • Um, wow. Nope. I'm sure a google search for the phrase "on the end of the word" will bring up plenty of examples, and surely some of them will be "undefiled beyond believe," hahaha. Perhaps if you go to on your questions about this somewhat tricky English preposition will be answered.

    May 3, 2011