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address (one) as (something)

1. To use someone's specific title in speech or writing. It is proper to address her as "Madam Secretary." No, you always have to address her as "Dr. Smith." She isn't one of those "cool" professors, like Heather or Jean. You, pitiable wretch, will address me as "Your Majesty" and nothing else.
2. To treat someone in a certain way. Yes, I'm your friend, but I'm also your boss, so please address me as your superior during work hours. It's weird to address my uncle as just a fellow employee in the lab when we're at work together. Hey, please don't address me as your sister at school, OK? It's just embarrassing because you're such a nerd.
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address someone as

 a specific title or attribute
1. to talk to or write to a person, using a particular title. They addressed Abraham Lincoln as "Mr. President."
2. to treat a person you are talking with in a particular manner. You should address him as your equal.
See also: address
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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