address Definition

  • 1the particulars of the place where someone lives or an organization is situated
  • 2a formal speech delivered to an audience
  • 3to write on an envelope, package, letter, or the like, the name and address of the intended recipient

Using address: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "address" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need your address so I can send you a letter.

  • Example

    The company's new address is on Main Street.

  • Example

    The president gave an address to the nation.

  • Example

    She addressed the crowd at the rally.

address Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using address

  • get/have someone's number/address

    to find out someone's true character or intentions


    I thought he was a nice guy, but after seeing how he treated his employees, I got his number.

  • put/set someone straight (about/on something)

    to correct someone's misunderstanding or misbehavior


    I had to put him straight about the company policy on vacation time.

  • talk/speak to someone's address

    to speak directly to someone about a particular issue or concern


    I need to talk to her address about her behavior in class.

Phrases with address

  • the sender's address written on an envelope, package, or letter


    Make sure to include your return address on the envelope.

  • a book or electronic tool used to store contact information for people or organizations


    I keep all my friends' phone numbers in my address book.

  • a unique numerical identifier assigned to each device connected to a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication


    To access the router settings, you need to enter the IP address into your web browser.

Origins of address

from Old French 'adresser', meaning 'to straighten, direct'


Summary: address in Brief

The term 'address' [əˈdres] has multiple meanings. It can refer to the particulars of where someone lives or an organization is located, as in 'I need your address so I can send you a letter.' It can also mean a formal speech delivered to an audience, as in 'The president gave an address to the nation.' Additionally, it can be used as a verb to mean writing on an envelope or package the name and address of the intended recipient, as in 'She addressed the envelope to her friend.' Phrases like 'return address' and 'IP address' extend the meaning of 'address' to specific contexts.

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