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address (verb) to talk to some one directly; to make a speech to an audience; the name of a person, area, and the city they live in; to deal with, to discuss.
When you direct your words to some one in particular, you address them. To call some one and talk to them is to address them. Your words are addressed to some one, if you intend them to listen to you, that is, if your words are meant for them.
If the chairman of a company makes a speech to the shareholders, he addresses them. The president's speech to the nation is his addressing the nation.
We address a letter to a person, if we write their name, the street, the place, etc., on the envelope.
When in speech or in writing, we deal with a problem or discuss it, we address the problem. If the chairman of a company, for example, deals in his speech with the problem of over-employment in the company, he addresses the problem.
- Though my sister and I were both present in the room, my father addressed my sister most of the time, as he was talking about her wedding.
- The teacher addressed his words of advice, and his explanation of the rules of the school to the newly admitted students.