Hypertext Webster Gateway: "addressed"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Address \Ad*dress"\, 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. [`a]
(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. --Spenser.

Turnus addressed his men to single fight. --Dryden.

The five foolish virgins addressed themselves at the
noise of the bridegroom's coming. --Jer. Taylor.

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 assistance. --Dryden.

6. To direct speech to; to make a communication to, whether
spoken or written; to apply to by words, as by a speech,
petition, etc., to speak to; to accost.

Are not your orders to address the senate?

The representatives of the nation addressed the
king. --Swift.

7. To direct in writing, as a letter; to superscribe, or to
direct and transmit; as, he addressed a letter.

8. To make suit to as a lover; to court; to woo.

9. (Com.) To consign or intrust to the care of another, as
agent or factor; as, the ship was addressed to a merchant
in Baltimore.

{To address one's self to}.
(a) To prepare one's self for; to apply one's self to.
(b) To direct one's speech or discourse to.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : of mail; marked with a destination; "I throw away all mail
addressed to `resident'" [ant: {unaddressed}]

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