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access

noun ac·cess \ ˈak-ˌses also ik-ˈses \

Definition of access

1 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
  • 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
2 a :onset 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

Examples of access in a Sentence

  1. We have Internet access at the library.

  2. a sudden access of hay fever was making him feel miserable

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Origin and Etymology of access

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


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access

verb

Definition of access

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

Examples of access in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of access from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of access

derivative of 1access

access Synonyms

Synonyms
enter, penetrate, pierce
Antonyms
depart, exit, leave
Related Words
barge (in), breeze (in), burst (in or into), waltz (in); drop in, pop (in); stray (into), wander (into); crash, encroach, gate-crash, infiltrate, infringe, intrude, invade, trespass


ACCESS Defined for Kids

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access

noun ac·cess \ ˈak-ˌses \

Definition of access for Students

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

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access

verb

Definition of access for Students

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

Law Dictionary

access

noun, often attributive ac·cess \ ˈak-ˌses \

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
5 a :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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