address (oneself) to

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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 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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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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There were several of his priests and lawyers present (as I conjectured by their habits), who were commanded to address themselves to me; and I spoke to them in as many languages as I had the least smattering of, which were High and Low Dutch, Latin, French, Spanish, Italian, and Lingua Franca, but all to no purpose.
which is frequently the case); and there are not in the unseen world, voices more gentle and more true, that may be so implicitly relied on, or that are so certain to give none but tenderest counsel, as the Voices in which the Spirits of the Fireside and the Hearth address themselves to human kind.
When a little later he followed them across the hall, into one of the other rooms, he saw the host and hostess accompany the President to the door and two foreign ministers and a judge of the Supreme Court address themselves to Pandora Day.
irst instance bidders should address themselves to the sq only 1.
Sitaraman is surely correct that unequal financial wealth also leads to despotism, yet there is something structurally different between solutions that focus on property laws as the key to power and those that address themselves to redistribute accumulated wealth.
For the revealed Law nowhere undertakes to deny or affirm these sciences, and the latter nowhere address themselves to religious matters.
The final sentences of this story address themselves to "love," but might as well be read as Drake's manifesto on a city remade: "Love is a demon.
I have since learned that the motivations compelling re-enactors are incalculably complex, but generally address themselves to the preservation of history and appropriate honor for the fallen.
Authorities in Paris, all these years, have never taken the trouble to address themselves to the problem.
Furthermore, black leaders who address themselves to the fundamental question-that black Americans must have full political and economic franchise--are arrested or harassed.
Government and political parties need to address themselves to the people with clarity and honesty so that they know what will happen to state property, which is their property, but also what our stance will be with (our lenders)," Nicolaides said.
In most cases, reviewers address themselves to two or even three of the volumes in a single review, grouped according to theme, region, or other synergistic rubrics.
Many of the contributors to this issue address themselves to this question - with a fair amount of disagreement but a shared commitment to serious debate.
Many of the papers in this book address themselves to contemporary concerns of literary criticism, architecture, film or modern physics and cosmology.
World leaders from Barack Obama to Hu Jintao address themselves to Berlin, Paris, and London, rather than to Brussels.
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