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address (one) as (something)

1. To use someone's specific title in speech or writing. It is proper to address her as "Madam Secretary."
2. To treat someone in a certain way. Yes, I'm your friend, but I'm also your boss, so please address me as your superior during work hours.
See also: address

address (one's) comments to (someone or something)

To speak to a specific person or group about something. You can address any comments about the event to our marketing department. I'm not sure who I'm addressing my comments to because I haven't found out who is going to be in the audience yet.
See also: address, comment, to

address (one's) remarks to (someone or something)

To speak to a specific person or group about something. You can address any remarks about the event to our marketing department. I'm not sure who I'm addressing my remarks to because I haven't found out who is going to be in the audience yet.
See also: address, remark, to

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.
See also: address, to

address (something) to (one)

1. To direct or express thoughts or opinions to a person or group. If you're trying to get donations for the school, address your speech to the parents, not the recent graduates. As these seem to be recurring issues, I need to address the complaints to my whole department.
2. To put the recipient's name and address on a package or envelope to be mailed. Penny addressed the package to her brother before taking it to the post office.
See also: address, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

address comments or remarks to someone

to say something directly to a specific person or group of persons. (See also address oneself to someone; address oneself to something.) George addressed his remarks to everyone.
See also: address, comment, remark, to

address oneself to someone

to speak directly to a particular person, rather than someone else. I did not address myself to you!
See also: address, to

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.
See also: address, to

address someone as

 a specific title or attribute
1. to talk to or write to a person, using a particular title. They addressed Abraham Lincoln as "Mr. President."
2. to treat a person you are talking with in a particular manner. You should address him as your equal.
See also: address

address something to someone

to write someone's name and address on an envelope, package, letter, etc. Gilbert addressed the envelope to Walter.
See also: address, to
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.
See also: address, to
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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As phishing continues to net unsuspecting adults who believe that apparently official requests for personal information are not out of order, children are less equipped to recognize the seams and may be enticed to give away names, addresses and telephone numbers.
Address Object verifies addresses in real-time or batch processes by comparing the address submitted against the USPS's database of 150 million deliverable addresses.
To find addresses for consumer protection agencies, let your fingers do the walking to the business section of your local directory.
Aggregating all of my addresses, some of which get no junk and some of which get nothing else, 56 percent of my incoming e-mail is already spam.
32-bit systems operating today can address far fewer memory addresses than 64-bit systems, which can address up to 1024 TB of memory addresses (by Intel Itanium 2's specification).
It works by assigning addresses to everything connected to the Net (which then becomes a host), and including those addresses in the headers attached to the packets of data transmitted on the Net.
wfsDirect, Omaha, Neb., a premier provider of permission email marketing technologies and services, has announced that its email append database has surpassed 53 million unique and deliverable email addresses. This is an increase of approximately 30% since July of this year and gives wfsDirect the distinction of housing one of the nation's largest databases available for appending.
Addresses in Mexico are very different from those in the United States, particularly in the rural areas.