address (oneself) to (someone or something)

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address (oneself) to (someone or something)

1. To speak to a specific person or group at the exclusion of others. Right now, I'm only addressing myself to the graduating seniors. I'll talk to the other grades tomorrow.
2. To focus on a certain problem or situation. I needed to address myself to the burst pipe in my basement—that's why I didn't attend the dinner party.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

address oneself to someone

to speak directly to a particular person, rather than someone else. I did not address myself to you!
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address oneself to something

to turn one's complete attention to something, such as a problem or an issue. (See also address something to someone.) Please address yourself to these current, pressing problems.
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address something to someone

to write someone's name and address on an envelope, package, letter, etc. Gilbert addressed the envelope to Walter.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

address to

1. To indicate that something is to be sent to someone or some place by writing an address on it: She addressed the letter to her brother.
2. To say something directly to some specific person or group: The school president addressed the speech to everyone who plans to graduate this year.
3. To focus someone on a problem in order to find a solution. Used reflexively: In the next meeting, the town officials will address themselves to the issue of privacy.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
"I go back into my life, and I address myself to the noblest of created beings," continued Pesca, vehemently apostrophising my unworthy self over the top rail of the chair.
Pesca' At the mention of myself I can hold no longer--the thought of you, my good dears, mounts like blood to my head--I start from my seat, as if a spike had grown up from the ground through the bottom of my chair--I address myself to the mighty merchant, and I say (English phrase) 'Dear sir, I have the man!
I have spoken of the surrender to their extraordinary childish grace as a thing I could actively cultivate, and it may be imagined if I neglected now to address myself to this source for whatever it would yield.
"In that case my lord," said the gentleman, in as calm a tone as if he had been for a length of time in habits of intimacy with his interlocutor, I have made up my mind to address myself to you, because I believe you to be an honest man.
Feeling it, however, to be quite inconsistent with a due regard for my own position--after what has happened--to correspond with Blanche, I address myself to the head of the family, purely in the interests of propriety.
I address myself to those who are holding on to dreams of a bright or brighter future.
Duterte said: 'I'd like to address myself to all government agencies.
"Today, I want to address myself to these enemies, who must be boldly confronted by all Kenyans of goodwill in the same manner our forefathers resolved to join hands in the fight against colonialism."
"I address myself to the Kuwaiti government and the people.
"I address myself to the Kuwait government and the people (of Kuwait).
May I address myself to the Chinese people who are here: I apologize," Duterte said Thursday evening.
"I would like to address myself to our Turkish Cypriot compatriots and tell them that this Republic, this homeland has a place for all of us, provided that we understand what it means to respect each other and where the limits of each other's rights are".
I'd address myself to members of Congress but they've repeatedly demonstrated their uselessness at accomplishing anything at all - least of all at doing anything about gun violence - so I turn to the NRA, which has a proven record in getting what it wants when it wants it.
"I address myself to Sirte and Bani Walid: embrace your brothers and join other Libyans," Erdogan said, as the fighting in the two strongholds raged.
Nonetheless, I want to address myself to Hezbollah candidly to say that it is the party's policies that are responsible for "driving visitors away", and for forcing many of our Arab brethren to choose other travel destinations.