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 ?
Besides the letter from Cecilia (directed to the care of Sir Jervis Redwood), she had received some lines addressed to her by Sir Jervis himself.
She would once more have treated the baronet's communication with contempt--but for the discovery that it contained an offer of employment in London, addressed to herself.
The same day there arrived through the post a small card-board box addressed to me, which I found to contain a very large and lustrous pearl.
These latter words were addressed to Ada, who was sitting nearest to him.
My tranquillity as a woman--perhaps my dearest interests as a wife--depended absolutely on penetrating the mystery of my mother-in-law's conduct, and on discovering the true meaning of the wild words of penitence and self-reproach which my husband had addressed to me on our way home.
His first words, as soon as he had recovered himself, were addressed to Julian.
"I can't say I do," answered Horace, in the positive tone of a man whose obstinacy is proof against every form of appeal that can be addressed to him.
He looked upon the proposition addressed to him by Sir Francis M as the simplest thing in the world, and scarcely noticed the immense effect that it produced.
"This morning, when her sister went into her room, it was empty, and a note in her handwriting, addressed to Norah, was lying on the dressing-table.
This was followed by a few brief and plain questions addressed to the children, admitting short and easy answers.
For example, to subscribe to the LeaguE-Voice, the LWVUS HTML Newsletter, simply send an e-mail addressed to:
In effect, a route announcement is a promise that any packets addressed to the destination prefix that are delivered to the given next hop will be moved one hop closer to that destination.
Further, in reference to the requirement that the taxpayer must not be prejudiced or misled by the assessment, the notices at issue were addressed to X rather than to T.
To increase the percentage of at-risk children screened, educational mailings could be sent to all older housing units identified in the tax assessor database and addressed to the resident's name to alert parents of younger children about the potential for lead exposure hazards.
Starts the 90-day (or 150 days if the notice is addressed to a person outside the United States) statutory period within which the taxpayer can petition the Tax Court for a redetermination of the deficiency without first having to pay it.