(), v. t.[imp. & p. p.Addressed (); p. pr. & vb. n.Addressing.] [OE. adressen to raise erect, adorn, OF. adrecier, to straighten, address, F. adresser, fr. (L. ad) + OF. drecier, F. dresser, to straighten, arrange. See Dress, v.]
1. To aim; to direct. [Obs.] Chaucer.
And this good knight his way with me addrest.
2. To prepare or make ready. [Obs.]
His foe was soon addressed.
Turnus addressed his men to single fight.
The five foolish virgins addressed themselves at the noise of the bridegroom's coming.
3. Reflexively: To prepare one's self; to apply one's skill or energies (to some object); to betake.
These men addressed themselves to the task.
4. To clothe or array; to dress. [Archaic]
Tecla . . . addressed herself in man's apparel.
5. To direct, as words (to any one or any thing); to make, as a speech, petition, etc. (to any one, an audience).
The young hero had addressed his players to him for his as
(), v. i.
1. To prepare one's self. [Obs.] "Let us address to tend on Hector's heels." Shak.
2. To direct speech. [Obs.]
Young Turnus to the beauteous maid addrest.
The intransitive uses come from the dropping out of the reflexive pronoun.
n.[Cf. F. adresse. See Address, v. t.]
1. Act of preparing one's self. [Obs.] Jer Taylor.
2. Act of addressing one's self to a person; verbal application.
3. A formal communication, either written or spoken; a discourse; a speech; a formal application to any one; a petition; a formal statement on some subject or special occasion; as, an address of thanks, an address to the voters.
4. Direction or superscription of a letter, or the name, title, and place of residence of the person addressed.
5. Manner of speaking to another; delivery; as, a man of pleasing or insinuating address.
6. Attention in the way one's addresses to a lady. Addison.
7. Skill; skillful management; dexterity; adroitness.
Syn. -- Speech; discourse; harangue; oration; petition; lecture; readiness; ingenuity; tact; adroitness.
To address the ball (Golf), to take aim at the ball, adjusting the grip on the club, the attitude of the body, etc., to a convenient position.