Meaning of “address” in the English Dictionary

"address" in English

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addressnoun [ C ]

uk /əˈdres/ us /ˈæd.res/

address noun [ C ] (HOME DETAILS)

A1 the number of the house, name of the road, and name of the town where a person lives or works, and where letters can be sent:

her business/home address
a change of address

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address noun [ C ] (COMPUTERS)

A1 a series of letters and symbols that tell you where to find something on the internet or show where an email is sent to:

What's your email address?
Do you have their Web address?

specialized computing the place where a piece of information is stored in a computer's memory

address noun [ C ] (SPEECH)

a formal speech:

She gave an address to the Royal Academy.

addressverb [ T ]

uk /əˈdres/ us /əˈdres/

address verb [ T ] (SPEAK TO)

C2 formal to speak or write to someone:

He addressed a few introductory remarks to the audience.
He likes to be addressed as "Sir" or "Mr Partridge".

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address verb [ T ] (WRITE DETAILS)

C2 to write a name or address on an envelope or parcel:

The parcel was wrongly addressed.
So why did you open a letter that was addressed to me?

(Definition of “address” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"address" in American English

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addressnoun [ C ]

us /əˈdres, ˈæd·res/

address noun [ C ] (PLACE)

the specific place where a person, business, or organization can be found and where mail can be received:

What is your street address now?
I need your home and your business address.

An address is also a group of letters or numbers and an @ symbol used to send electronic mail to someone:

My e-mail address is

address noun [ C ] (SPEAK TO)

a formal speech:

The graduation address was very dull.

addressverb [ T ]

us /əˈdres/

address verb [ T ] (SPEAK TO)

to speak or write to someone, or to direct information to someone:

The First Lady addressed the meeting briefly.
He was generally addressed as “Captain.”

address verb [ T ] (DEAL WITH)

to give attention to or to deal with a matter or problem:

We’ll address that question at the next meeting.

address verb [ T ] (PLACE)

to write or print the specific place where a person, business, or organization can be found on something to be sent there:

I addressed envelopes all morning.

(Definition of “address” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"address" in Business English

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addressnoun [ C ]

uk /əˈdres/ us /ˈædres/

a building number, name of the road, etc. where you live, where an organization has an office, or where mail is sent:

Please send your application to the address below.
What is your full address?
a business/home address
Taxpayers who have moved should make certain they file a change of address with the U.S. Postal Service.

also email address the words and symbols that you type in order to send an email to a particular person. It usually consists of a person's name, an @ sign, the name of a company or school, and sometimes an abbreviation for a country:

I sent the email to the wrong address.
What's your email address?

also web address INTERNET the words and symbols that you type to look at a particular website:

How much web information could be captured: just the overall address or a list of each document viewed?

IT →  memory address

COMMUNICATIONS a formal speech:

in an address to sb/sth 'I can only see continued growth ahead of us,' the Chairman said in an address to analysts and money managers.

addressverb [ T ]

uk /əˈdres/ us

[ usually passive ] to write an address on an envelope or package so it can be sent to the person who has that address:

be addressed to sb/sth Make sure that your package is addressed to the correct department.
a stamped addressed envelope

to speak to a group of people, especially in a meeting or formal event:

He addressed a group of forty industrialists and politicians.

to speak to someone in a particular way or using a particular name:

address sb as sth She addressed him as Mr Clifford.

to deal with a particular problem or need:

It is time to address the budget deficit.
address a problem/issue How does the organization address the problems identified?
address a need He was impressed with the business plan because it addressed a real need.

(Definition of “address” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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While conscious of the need to respect trade secrets, naturally - we sometimes address areas that could be sensitive - we would like to request further information.
All concluded that until we took urgent action to address poverty, disease, environmental degradation and social injustice, we would not be able to prevent or resolve conflict.
We might also need to address this question of legislative changes if they present the only way to secure single market freedoms in the area of investment funds.
I want to bring a delegation from the construction equipment manufacturers to see him as soon as possible to address their issues as well.
The proposals that this should be agreed at international level are correct, but we should also address ourselves directly to our own peoples and our own students.
We need to address the question of the security of electricity supplies and the single market as a matter of urgency.
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Whether by purchasing clean and economical official cars, refuse lorries, electronic equipment or investing in energy-efficient buildings, governments are ideally placed to address this problem.
They disregard the fact that the economic and employment situation is worsening, and overlook macro-economic issues, as though a single monetary policy could address the different needs of 25 economies.
We must address the underlying causes of this criminality: the severe shortage of organs available for transplant, which is due in no small part to a lack of public information.

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