noun \ˈak-ˌses also ik-ˈses\

: a way of getting near, at, or to something or someone

: a way of being able to use or get something

: permission or the right to enter, get near, or make use of something or to have contact with someone

Full Definition of ACCESS

a :  onset 2
b :  a fit of intense feeling :  outburst
a :  permission, liberty, or ability to enter, approach, or pass to and from a place or to approach or communicate with a person or thing
b :  freedom or ability to obtain or make use of something
c :  a way or means of access
d :  the act or an instance of accessing
:  an increase by addition <a sudden access of wealth>

Examples of ACCESS

  1. We have Internet access at the library.
  2. <a sudden access of hay fever was making him feel miserable>

Origin of ACCESS

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French acces, from Latin accessus approach, from accedere to approach — more at accede
First Known Use: 14th century



: to be able to use, enter, or get near (something)

: to open or load (a computer file, an Internet site, etc.)

Full Definition of ACCESS

transitive verb
:  to get at :  gain access to <accessed the computer by phone>

Examples of ACCESS

  1. The new system makes it easier to access the money in your bank account.
  2. Your favorite radio stations can be accessed at the touch of a button.
  3. The file loads every time you access the Web site.
  4. The file can be accessed by many users at the same time.
  5. She could work at home by remotely accessing the company's network.
  6. You'll need a password to access the database.

First Known Use of ACCESS



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