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 Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet still includes a year of Amazon’s awesome FreeTime Unlimited service, which gives children access to over 20,000 kid-friendly books, videos, apps, games, with ample parental controls. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Amazon's upgraded Fire 7 and Fire 7 Kids Edition tablets get twice the storage for the same price," 16 May 2019 Note that just having internet won't give you access to most shows, just some video snippets and the occasional episode. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How to Watch 'The Bachelorette' Even if You Don't Have Cable," 15 May 2019 This incorporates an additional carbon frame at the rear, which allows for the large hatchback that gives access to the luggage space positioned above the engine. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "The 2020 McLaren GT Is a Mid-Engined Supercar Built for Luxurious Grand Touring," 15 May 2019 Berninger gave Mills access to the band’s Dropbox, a treasure chest of 15 songs in varying degrees of completion, and granted Mills full creative control. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Watch Alicia Vikander Pull Off the Impossible—With a Little Help From the National—in Mike Mills’s New Short Film," 13 May 2019 The co-founders see the company as revolutionizing the fashion industry and giving women more sustainable access to clothing. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "Rent the Runway Kids Is Launching Next Week, and Your Daughters' Clothes Just Got 100% Cooler," 8 Apr. 2019 The beloved hospitality service has partnered with the Louvre to give guests unrivaled access to one of the world’s most acclaimed institutions, all while indulging in Airbnb’s most luxurious amenities. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Here’s What it Takes to Win an Overnight Stay at the Louvre," 2 Apr. 2019 Film festivals are making changes by diversifying their critic pool and giving them high-level access, but this is only the beginning. Valerie Complex, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brie Larson Wants Captain Marvel to Change the Film Industry," 25 Mar. 2019 In June, the Times reported that Facebook gave some 60 device makers access to user data, including Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company that US intelligence has expressed concerns about for years. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Facebook’s very bad year, explained," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The digital IQ-touch controls are easy to access and use, too, and the interior LED lighting will leave no food in hiding. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Counter-Depth Refrigerators to Buy in 2019, Reviewed By Kitchen Appliance Experts," 27 Feb. 2019 The question of where data is stored, how it can be accessed, and who can use it depends on the scientists that generate it. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018 Facebook claimed that Cambridge Analytica misused its information, but the fact that the firm accessed and distributed Facebook data in such a manipulative and predatory way has contributed to the deep erosion of public trust in Facebook. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Cambridge Analytica used fashion preferences to target people on Facebook," 29 Nov. 2018 With the completion of the latest improvements at the Under Armour Performance Center, the training camp experience should be easier to access and available to more fans than at any time since the Ravens moved training camp to Owings Mills. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: With Ravens waiting in the wings, this is perfect year to punt early on the Orioles," 7 July 2018 Lawmakers have attempted to access detention facilities and led marches. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A "Mass Mobilization" for Separated Families Is Planned for June 30," 19 June 2018 As with many areas renowned for skiing and snowboarding, Jackson Hole promotes lift-assisted and trail-accessed downhill riding. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Way To Spend 72 Hours at Jackson Hole," 31 July 2018 Because of a fatal crash investigation, drivers heading east or west on Interstate 595 are not able to access the ramp to northbound I-95 Friday morning. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fatal crash investigation stalls traffic at I-595 and I-95," 22 June 2018 Now the Trump administration is trying to limit how demonstrators could access and use certain spaces, including closing most of the sidewalk in front of the White House. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The Trump administration is trying to restrict access to D.C. public spaces popular with protesters," 12 Oct. 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 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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