address

v.

  1. To aim; to direct.
  2. To prepare or make ready.
  3. Reflexively: To prepare one's self; to apply one's skill or energies (to some object); to betake.
  4. To clothe or array; to dress.
  5. To direct, as words (to any one or any thing); to make, as a speech, petition, etc. (to any one, an audience).
  6. To direct speech to; to make a communication to, whether spoken or written; to apply to by words, as by a speech, petition, etc., to speak to; to accost.
  7. To direct in writing, as a letter; to superscribe, or to direct and transmit; as, he addressed a letter.
  8. To make suit to as a lover; to court; to woo.
  9. To consign or intrust to the care of another, as agent or factor; as, the ship was addressed to a merchant in Baltimore.

v. i.

  1. To prepare one's self.
  2. To direct speech.

v. t.

  1. Act of preparing one's self.
  2. Act of addressing one's self to a person; verbal application.
  3. 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; as, an address of thanks, an address to the voters.
  4. Direction or superscription of a letter, or the name, title, and place of residence of the person addressed.
  5. Manner of speaking to another; delivery; as, a man of pleasing or insinuating address.
  6. Attention in the way one's addresses to a lady.
  7. Skill; skillful management; dexterity; adroitness.