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address (oneself) to

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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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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address to

v.
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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References in classic literature ?
Suppose we should address ourselves to that tendency in him of which we have made ourselves quite sure.
We do not with sufficient plainness or sufficient profoundness address ourselves to life, nor dare we chaunt our own times and social circumstance.
We shall address ourselves to the organization of government, to the engineering of change, to the management of our affairs for this is how, fundamentally and truly, the most lofty ideals begins to be realized and come to live in society.
We take advantage of this time to address ourselves to the children, the youth, the parents, the media, and the authorities," says Laurence.
If feminist pedagogy is about liberation for everyone, then how can we address ourselves to those who, having committed or condoned assault, sit in class nodding politely, while at the same time addressing those who are just finding the voice to speak of their own assaults?
Should we not address ourselves to the problems that we face and seek solutions?
What also increases the gravity of the incident is a statement issued by Al Qaeda in Gaza: "We address ourselves to Christians in general and to those who are in Gaza in particular, and tell them that they are no longer in a protection pact with Muslims".
The point is that when we discover there is some weakness, we immediately address ourselves to that," he said.
We have to reflect on what we are trying to address ourselves to.
On the spirit in which we address ourselves to VE-Day may perhaps depend the spirit in which we shall cope with the formidable problems which, at home and abroad will so soon be crewding in upon us thick and fast.
But we feel a need to address ourselves to the larger wine-interested society as well, to tell the story of what we have here.
With that knowledge safely filed, we may address ourselves to the phenomenon.
Obviously, like any other students, black and Latino children can learn at the same levels as others - if only we would address ourselves to the real issues and not offer explanations for the gap that serve narrow political or racial agendas.