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

Inside, floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the living room, dining room, and kitchen provide access to the exterior vistas, and wood accents warm up the space. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Modern artist’s retreat in the desert asks $690K," 26 Nov. 2018 For aspiring chefs, the BuzzFeed Tasty partnership provides access to tons of recipe videos, too. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "8 Gift Ideas for DIY Enthusiasts 2018," 26 Nov. 2018 Yesterday, Dish customers lost access to HBO due to an ongoing licensing dispute between the premium cable channel and the TV distributor. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "AT&T and Dish’s HBO battle is the bleak future of cable and streaming," 2 Nov. 2018 This means total erasure for transgender people, who will not only lose access to rights, but who will likely face violence and trauma in both the physical and mental form in a country that refuses to acknowledge their existence. Jennifer Williams, Glamour, "The Trump Administration's Wish to Erase Transgender People Includes Me. But I'm a Republican.," 23 Oct. 2018 Limiting access to firearms significantly reduces the likelihood that there will be a successful suicide. Kaitlin Menza, Redbook, "Everything You Need to Know Before Voting in the Midterm Elections," 10 Oct. 2018 There’s also webcam protection, which only allows access to your webcam under certain restrictions. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Bitdefender Total Security 2019 review: This AV suite builds a better autopilot," 13 Sep. 2018 Target card holders get special early access to a portion of the holiday items, which include matching family Christmas pajamas, adorable stockings, and a few other merry pieces. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Shop Chip and Joanna Gaines’ New Target Christmas Collection Before Everyone Else," 29 Oct. 2018 The miniature pouch features an easy-to-clean nylon shell lined with luxurious embossed calfskin for a touch of glam and includes a detachable leather wristlet for easy access if it's stored in a travel bag or purse. Maria Cassano, Allure, "The 21 Best Makeup Bags and Cosmetic Cases for Every Budget," 29 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The researchers also described a method for remotely accessing the password reset screen once security questions have been sprayed. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Why, in 2018, is Microsoft adding security questions to Windows 10?," 5 Dec. 2018 News of the incident comes three days after Marriott International Inc. reported that hackers had been lurking in its Starwood networks for years, accessing data belonging to up to 500 million travelers. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Data Breach at Question-and-Answer Site Quora Affects 100 Million," 3 Dec. 2018 So is eliminating the economic burden for those who can’t afford or access menstrual products at all. Jennifer Weiss-wolf, Teen Vogue, "Tampon Tax Struck Down in Nevada Vote," 7 Nov. 2018 When police have asked Apple for help accessing into iPhones, Apple has sided with consumer privacy. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Apple Just Made Its Phones Impossible For Police to Hack," 25 Oct. 2018 The Sherpa uses a marine-grade aluminum alloy exterior and a fiberglass roof in a classic teardrop shape; the sleeping quarters are inside the cabin with the kitchen accessed from the rear. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Burly camper trailer tackles any terrain and sleeps four," 15 Oct. 2018 Two of the dies have their own memory controllers, and two are pure compute chips which must access memory through the adjacent die. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "AMD's Dynamic Local Mode for Threadripper promises almost 50 percent more performance," 5 Oct. 2018 In a beautiful irony, accessing your dream world is actually the key to your honest reality. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Is Lucid Dreaming? Your Guide to Exploring Your Subconscious," 18 Sep. 2018 Klingerman says Purdue regrets the error but the school has no reason to believe the information was improperly accessed or used. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Indiana collected less corporate taxes in fiscal year 2018," 13 July 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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