access

noun
ac·​cess | \ ˈak-ˌses also ik-ˈses How to pronounce access (audio) \

Definition of access

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : permission, liberty, or ability to enter, approach, or pass to and from a place or to approach or communicate with a person or thing Investigators wanted to get access to his home. consultants who have easy access to the president
b : freedom or ability to obtain or make use of something paying for access to the Internet
c : a way or means of entering or approaching A canal provides access to the river. a building that provides wheelchair access [=a way for people in wheelchairs to enter]
d : the act or an instance of accessing something
2a : onset sense 2 an access of illness
b : a fit of intense feeling : outburst If it had been in Tito's nature to feel an access of rage, he would have felt it against this bull-faced accomplice.— George Eliot
3 : an increase by addition a sudden access of wealth

access

verb
accessed; accessing; accesses

Definition of access (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to get at : to gain access to: such as
a : to be able to use, enter, or get near (something) accessed the computer by phone a system that makes it easier to access the money in your bank account
b : to open or load (a computer file, an Internet site, etc.) a file that can be accessed by many users at the same time

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Synonyms & Antonyms for access

Synonyms: Noun

attack, bout, case, fit, seizure, siege, spell, turn

Synonyms: Verb

enter, penetrate, pierce

Antonyms: Verb

depart, exit, leave

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Examples of access in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

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

The project as planned would have access from Joppa Road. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Affordable housing development proposed for East Towson," 19 June 2019 Facebook says one billion have a mobile phone and nearly half a billion have internet access. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Hard to Read Facebook’s Libra Fortune," 18 June 2019 But more long-term predictive analysis usually requires a lot of computing power and access to lots of other supporting data, and this usually means complex applications running in a company's datacenter or an industrial cloud computing system. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The fourth Industrial revolution emerges from AI and the Internet of Things," 18 June 2019 The American Vaping Association also opposes San Francisco’s proposal, saying adult smokers deserve access to less hazardous alternatives. Samantha Maldonado, Fortune, "San Francisco May Ban All E-Cigarette Sales," 18 June 2019 In 2016, Edwards pushed a proposal that would have allowed access to the program only to students in D and F public schools, not students in C schools as the program now does. Kim Chatelain, nola.com, "Edwards vows to push for changes to Louisiana voucher program after news investigation reveals flaws," 18 June 2019 The City of Lake Oswego is rebuilding Boones Ferry Road while maintaining access for commuters. oregonlive.com, "Portland metro Tuesday traffic: 2 lanes closed on westbound Sunset Highway for crash near Cedar Hills Blvd.," 18 June 2019 The Libra Association’s main task is to oversee the blockchain, ensuring, for instance, that Calibra does not enjoy privileged access to it. The Economist, "Facebook wants to create a digital currency," 18 June 2019 The American Vaping Association also opposes San Francisco's proposal, saying adult smokers deserve access to less hazardous alternatives. NBC News, "San Francisco set to become first major U.S. city to ban e-cigarettes," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One of its main purposes is to help people access the internet after natural disasters, according to Loon’s website. Erin Couch, Cincinnati.com, "Butler County UFO was a Loon balloon boosting the internet," 19 June 2019 Read full terms and conditions Please access our Privacy Policy to learn what personal data Disqus collects and your choices about how it is used. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Neighbors’ feud erupts: Arson suspect tripped up by her own video," 18 June 2019 Critical settings so hackers can't access your bank account Kim Komando, for USA TODAY Discover is doing away with fees of any kind on its checking, savings, money market and certificate of deposit accounts. Janna Herron, USA TODAY, "This big bank is eliminating all fees on checking and savings accounts," 17 June 2019 The dogs could not access the food, according to Lane. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "More than 35 Chihuahuas found in possibly abandoned Phoenix house during eviction," 13 June 2019 The store owner accessed the security video footage, which showed a white male using a rock to smash open the door glass. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "This Bud’s for You: 21-year-old charged in beer heist from Hoover convenience store," 13 June 2019 When employees tried to access their files, they were told to send Bitcoin to various email addresses. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Burr Ridge police blotter: Business reports suspicious iPhone returns," 10 June 2019 And students and teachers could still access Schoology, a platform where teachers and students can share grades and assignments. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County school system to restore access to computer platform," 10 June 2019 Pedestrians can access the beach via a wooden ramp to avoid disturbing the vegetation. Abby Sewell, National Geographic, "Discover the best beaches in the Middle East," 29 May 2019

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First Known Use of access

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for access

Noun

Middle English, "entrance, approach, attack of illness, fever, lovesickness," borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French acces "attack of illness," (Old French also "liberty to approach"), borrowed from Latin accessus "approach, means of entry, right of approach, onset (of fever or illness)," action noun derived from accēdere "to approach" — more at accede

Verb

derivative of access entry 1

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The first known use of access was in the 14th century

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access

noun
ac·​cess | \ ˈak-ˌses How to pronounce access (audio) \

Kids Definition of access

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the right or ability to approach, enter, or use Only a few have access to the secret information.
2 : a way or means of approaching access to the sea

access

verb
accessed; accessing

Kids Definition of access (Entry 2 of 2)

: to get at : get access to “He's in the computer. We just can't access his records.”— Louis Sachar, Holes

access

noun, often attributive
ac·​cess | \ ˈak-ˌses How to pronounce access (audio) \

Legal Definition of access

1 : permission, liberty, or ability to enter, approach, communicate with, or pass to and from a place, thing, or person public access to federal land access to the courts
2 : opportunity for sexual intercourse
3 : a landowner's legal right to pass from his or her land to a highway and to return without being obstructed
4 : freedom or ability to obtain, make use of, or participate in something the right to equal treatment holds with respect to a limited set of interests — like voting — and demands that every person have the same access to these interests— L. H. Tribe
5a : a way by which a thing or place may be approached or reached
b : passage to and from a place provide a means of access to the land
6 : opportunity to view or copy a copyrighted work

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