access

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

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

Consumer demand will only increase as cheaper access terminals hit the market. Popular Mechanics, "The Death of the Internet," 7 Feb. 2019 Members paid a $250 fee for the thin, metal card linked to their bank or credit card and granted access to fêtes at the company's HQ, a West Village townhouse at 22 Greenwich Avenue. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "How Carola Jain, a Well-Connected New York Investor, Got Duped Into Funding the Fyre Festival," 26 Jan. 2019 From there, the driver has quick access to apps like Google Maps, Google Calendar, and music (via Google Play and Spotify, at least in this demo). Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Volvo’s Polestar 2 Is an Electric Car Controlled by Google," 23 Jan. 2019 Our concerns are largely ignored because there aren’t enough of us in politics to make sure that there is legislation to protect women, give them equal economic access, and ensure that our rights are not infringed upon. Salma Elsayed, Seventeen, "The Women’s March Inspired Me to Run for Office Someday," 18 Jan. 2019 Today, in addition to that, the studio has launched a collaboration with Paperless Post, allowing easy access to her fresh designs for electronic invitations. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Venamour Launches Online Wedding Invites—Plus 10 Other Chic Options That Make the Case for Going Paperless," 15 Jan. 2019 The first measure, Senate Bill 1421, increases public access to police records. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A California city plans to shred years of police records before a new law makes them public," 27 Dec. 2018 McCabe’s lawyers claimed the Justice Department has denied access to the sought-after information out of concern that the documents could be later used against them, the lawsuit said. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Fired FBI official Andrew McCabe's lawyers file suit against FBI, DOJ and its watchdog," 2 Oct. 2018 That’s not enough money to reduce class sizes that frequently surpass 100, or make sure every student has access to textbooks. Sarah Butrymowicz, Marie Claire, "Refugee Girls Want to Change the World. Will We Let Them?," 7 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The official Grammys website will also have extra screens available that fans can access to get live backstage coverage and even different camera angles throughout the show. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "How to Watch the 2019 Grammys Online," 8 Feb. 2019 Prosecutor Michael Cantlon said McArthur would later access some of the photos long after the killings. Rob Gillies, The Seattle Times, "Canada prosecutor: Serial killer staged photos of victims," 5 Feb. 2019 Some people also face real barriers accessing treatment. Julia Belluz, Vox, "We’re making real progress against cancer. But you may not know it if you’re poor.," 8 Jan. 2019 Visitors will be able to access care, wellness classes, and visit a farmers market, all in one trip. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How urban planners can promote health and wellness," 25 July 2018 That set is held in an outside trust so that all candidates, party committees and outside groups can access it without running afoul of the Federal Election Commission prohibitions on coordination. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Fight Over Voter Data Roils Democrats Ahead of Election," 15 Dec. 2018 Additionally, the number of people who know about the Quantum Realm in the first place, and the number of genius scientists who would be able to access it, are slim. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How the Avengers: Endgame trailer hints that Captain Marvel will save the day (and Iron Man)," 8 Dec. 2018 Siri is so ingrained in Apple’s platform that competing virtual assistants can’t quite match its convenience or the speed of accessing it, but Google is taking advantage of every tool at its disposal to get closer. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Google Assistant just got much better and more convenient on iOS thanks to Siri Shortcuts," 21 Nov. 2018 No one should have to go through this traumatic tunnel of protesters just to access healthcare they are legally entitled to. As Told To Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "This Is What Women Have to Go Through to Get an Abortion in North Carolina," 21 Nov. 2018

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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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access

noun
ac·​cess | \ ˈak-ˌses \

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 \

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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