When you are a student and you want to address your teacher, it's generally safer to call her Ms. and not address her by her first name, Esmeralda.

Address is a word that's long been associated with correspondence — the street number, city, state, and postal code that must be on the front of any envelope if it's going to arrive at its destination. In the digital age, an address has also come to mean the location where you might e-mail your friend pictures of your dog dressed up in a birthday hat. If you wanted to tell that friend about your dog's birthday party in person, you might address her directly. Address to describe a way of speaking is usually reserved for more formal occasions, such as when the President addresses the nation.

Primary Meanings of address

the place where a person or organization can be found or communicated with
put an address on (an envelope)
the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience
speak to
the stance assumed by a golfer in preparation for hitting a golf ball
adjust and aim (a golf ball) at in preparation of hitting
address or apply oneself to something, direct one's efforts towards something, such as a question
Full Definitions of address

n the place where a person or organization can be found or communicated with

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mailing address
the address where a person or organization can be communicated with
street address
the address where a person or organization can be found
abode, residence
any address at which you dwell more than temporarily
business address
the address at which a business is located
box number
a mailing address to which answers to a newspaper ad can be sent
PO Box No, PO box number, box number, post-office box number
the number of a letter box at the post office where mail is collected
domicile, legal residence
(law) the residence where you have your permanent home or principal establishment and to where, whenever you are absent, you intend to return; every person is compelled to have one and only one domicile at a time
home, place
where you live at a particular time
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geographic point, geographical point
a point on the surface of the Earth

n a sign in front of a house or business carrying the conventional form by which its location is described

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street sign
a sign visible from the street

n written directions for finding some location; written on letters or packages that are to be delivered to that location

destination, name and address
return address
the address of the sender of a letter or parcel indicating where it should be returned if it cannot be delivered
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direction, instruction
a message describing how something is to be done

n (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored

computer address, reference
argument, parameter
(computer science) a reference or value that is passed to a function, procedure, subroutine, command, or program
URL, uniform resource locator, universal resource locator
the address of a web page on the world wide web
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code, computer code
(computer science) the symbolic arrangement of data or instructions in a computer program or the set of such instructions

v put an address on (an envelope)

misaddress, misdirect
put a wrong address on
address a legal document to
put a new address on (an envelope), as for forwarding
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assign a label to; designate with a label

v access or locate by address

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obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer

n the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience

“he listened to an address on minor Roman poets”
Gettysburg Address
a three-minute address by Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War at the dedication of a national cemetery on the site of the Battle of Gettysburg (November 19, 1863)
Sermon on the Mount
the first major discourse delivered by Jesus (Matthew 5-7 and Luke 6:20-49)
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(rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhorts
an address to an academic meeting or seminar
a wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing
an extemporaneous speech or remark
inaugural, inaugural address
an address delivered at an inaugural ceremony (especially by a United States president)
lecture, public lecture, talk
a speech that is open to the public
any long and tedious address or recital
addressing an audience formally (usually a long and rhetorical address and often pompous)
oral presentation, public speaking, speaking, speechmaking
delivering an address to a public audience
discourse, preaching, sermon
an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
reading, recital, recitation
a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance
keynote address, keynote speech
a speech setting forth the keynote
nominating address, nominating speech, nomination
an address (usually at a political convention) proposing the name of a candidate to run for election
an instance of oratory
debate, disputation, public debate
the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
vehement oratory
epideictic oratory
a type of oratory used to eulogize or condemn a person or group of people
stump speech
political oratory
salutatory, salutatory address, salutatory oration
an opening or welcoming statement (especially one delivered at graduation exercises)
valediction, valedictory, valedictory address, valedictory oration
a farewell oration (especially one delivered during graduation exercises by an outstanding member of a graduating class)
a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies
kerugma, kerygma
preaching the gospel of Christ in the manner of the early church
zealous preaching and advocacy of the gospel
homily, preachment
a sermon on a moral or religious topic
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speech act
the use of language to perform some act

n the manner of speaking to another individual

“he failed in his manner of address to the captain”
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delivery, manner of speaking, speech
your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally

n social skill

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tact, tactfulness
consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense

v speak to

“He addressed the crowd outside the window”
turn to
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address a question to and expect an answer from
greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name
query, question
pose a question
interrogate, question
pose a series of questions to
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communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings

v give a speech to

“The chairman addressed the board of trustees”
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blaze away
speak with fire and passion
memorialise, memorialize
address in a memorial
give the keynote address to (an audience)
deliver a harangue to; address forcefully

v speak to someone

accost, come up to
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greet, recognise, recognize
express greetings upon meeting someone
make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion
pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to
shake hands
take someone's hands and shake them as a gesture of greeting or congratulation
bob, curtsy
make a curtsy; usually done only by girls and women; as a sign of respect
greet in a friendly way
present, salute
recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position
honor with a military ceremony, as when honoring dead soldiers
hail, herald
greet enthusiastically or joyfully
receive, welcome
bid welcome to; greet upon arrival
say farewell
say good-bye or bid farewell
bid, wish
invoke upon
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come, come up
move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody

v greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name

“He always addresses me with `Sir'”
call, name
assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
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turn to
speak to

v direct a question at someone

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aim, direct, place, point, target
intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

n the stance assumed by a golfer in preparation for hitting a golf ball

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standing posture

v adjust and aim (a golf ball) at in preparation of hitting

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adjust, align, aline, line up
place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight

v address or apply oneself to something, direct one's efforts towards something, such as a question

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apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

v act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

cover, deal, handle, plow, treat
do by, handle, treat
interact in a certain way
comprehend, cover, embrace, encompass
include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory
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theologise, theologize
treat from a theological viewpoint or render theological in character
discourse, discuss, talk about
to consider or examine in speech or writing
talk at great length about something of one's interest
talk shop
discuss matters that are related to work
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broach, initiate, moot
bring up a topic for discussion

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