re addrest


[n. uh-dres, ad-res; v. uh-dres]
a speech or written statement, usually formal, directed to a particular group of persons: the president's address on the state of the economy.
a direction as to the intended recipient, written on or attached to a piece of mail.
the place or the name of the place where a person, organization, or the like is located or may be reached: What is your address when you're in Des Moines?
manner of speaking to persons; personal bearing in conversation.
skillful and expeditious management; ready skill; dispatch: to handle a matter with address.
a label, as an integer, symbol, or other set of characters, designating a location, register, etc., where information is stored in computer memory.
a set of characters designating an e-mail account: Her e-mail address ends in “.net,” not “.com.”
a set of characters designating the location of a website or a particular computer or other device on a network: He visits that website so often that its complete address comes up whenever he types its first letter into the address bar. See also URL.
Government. a request to the executive by the legislature to remove a judge for unfitness.
Usually, addresses. attentions paid by a suitor or lover; courtship.
(usually initial capital letter) the reply to the king's speech in the English Parliament.
Obsolete, preparation.
verb (used with object), addressed or addrest, addressing.
to direct a speech or written statement to: to address an assembly.
to use a specified form or title in speaking or writing to: Address the president as “Mr. President.”
to direct to the attention: He addressed his remarks to the lawyers in the audience.
to apply in speech (used reflexively, usually followed by to ): He addressed himself to the leader.
to deal with or discuss: to address the issues.
to put the directions for delivery on: to address a letter.
Commerce. to consign or entrust to the care of another, as agent or factor.
to direct the energy or efforts of (usually followed by to ): He addressed himself to the task.
to direct (data) to a specified location in an electronic computer.
Golf. to take a stance and place the head of the club behind (the ball) preparatory to hitting it.
Obsolete. to woo; court.
Archaic. to give direction to; aim.
Obsolete. to prepare.
verb (used without object), addressed or addrest, addressing. Obsolete.
to make an appeal.
to make preparations.

1300–50; Middle English adressen to adorn < Middle French adresser. See a-5, dress

addresser, addressor, noun
half-addressed, adjective
preaddress, noun, verb (used with object)
readdress, verb (used with object), readdressed or readdrest, readdressing.
unaddressed, adjective
well-addressed, adjective

1. discourse, lecture. See speech. 5. adroitness, cleverness, ingenuity, tact. Unabridged
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address (əˈdrɛs)
1.  the conventional form by which the location of a building is described
2.  the written form of this, as on a letter or parcel, preceded by the name of the person or organization for whom it is intended
3.  the place at which someone lives
4.  a speech or written communication, esp one of a formal nature
5.  skilfulness or tact
6.  archaic manner or style of speaking or conversation
7.  computing See also direct access a number giving the location of a piece of stored information
8.  (Brit) government a statement of the opinions or wishes of either or both Houses of Parliament that is sent to the sovereign
9.  the alignment or position of a part, component, etc, that permits correct assembly or fitting
10.  (usually plural) expressions of affection made by a man in courting a woman
vb , -dresses, -dressing, -dressed, -drest
11.  to mark (a letter, parcel, etc) with an address
12.  to speak to, refer to in speaking, or deliver a speech to
13.  (used reflexively; foll by to)
 a.  to speak or write to: he addressed himself to the chairman
 b.  to apply oneself to: he addressed himself to the task
14.  to direct (a message, warning, etc) to the attention of
15.  to consign or entrust (a ship or a ship's cargo) to a factor, merchant, etc
16.  to adopt a position facing (the ball in golf, a partner in a dance, the target in archery, etc)
17.  to treat of; deal with: chapter 10 addresses the problem of transitivity
18.  an archaic word for woo
[C14: (in the sense: to make right, adorn) and c15 (in the modern sense: to direct words): via Old French from Vulgar Latin addrictiāre (unattested) to make straight, direct oneself towards, from Latin ad- to + dīrectusdirect]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "to make straight," from O.Fr. adresser (13c.), from V.L. *addirectiare "make straight," from L. ad "to" + *directiare, from L. directus "straight, direct" (see direct). Meaning "to direct spoken words (to someone)" is from late 15c.; noun sense of "formal speech"
is from 1751. Meaning in English expanded 17c.-18c. to the notion of directing something, as a letter, "straight" to where somebody lives. "To send as a written message" is from 1630s, which led to noun senses of "superscription of a letter" (1712) and "place of residence" (1888). Related: Addressee (1810).
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