The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Address \Ad*dress"\ ([a^]d*dr[e^]s"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Addressed (-dr[e^]st"); 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
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
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.
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.
[Webster 1913 Suppl. 1913 Webster]