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. Some of the professors who doubted my research topic will be in attendance at my lecture, and I would really like to address myself directly to them! I suppose I better address myself to my employees before they hear of my resignation from another source.
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. Sorry to interrupt, but there's smoke coming out of the oven. Seems like you might want to address yourself to that first. Do you think the mayor will ever address himself to repairing these shoddy roads?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 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 ?
"But address yourself to the keeper of the seals; he has the right of entry at the Tuileries, and can procure you audience at any hour of the day or night."
If you are unable to make up your quantum, my boy, you had better address yourself to a principal; there are plenty of principals in the profession, you know, and what is not worth the while of one, may be worth the while of another; that's my recommendation to you, speaking as a subordinate.
"But why not address yourself to your sister, the queen?" asked the girl.
"If you cannot speak without insulting one of us," she said, "permit me to request that you will not address yourself to Mr.
'Don't address yourself to me!' she interrupted with a frown.
Come, sir, address yourself to your business at once.'
The method leans on a concept recommended for avoiding phishing emails; never click directly on a link, always visit the website asking for your information by entering the address yourself to ensure it is valid.
Methinks you should rather address yourself to Christians.
President, you hold a great chance to address yourself to the Muslim world and lay the foundation stone of a new era in its relations with the United States, based on solid principles, some of which we hereby suggest:
"You come in, you address yourself to a piece of music and everything is on the clock.
Address yourself to the right person: Make sure you address your letter to a named person - not simply ``Dear Sir'' or ``Dear Madam'', which looks lazy.