Access definition

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A means of approaching, entering, exiting, communicating with, or making use of.

A store with easy access.

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The right to enter, approach, or use; admittance.
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An outburst; paroxysm.

An access of anger.

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The act of coming toward or near to; approach.
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A way or means of approaching, getting, using, etc.
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An increase by addition.
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To gain or have access to; esp., to retrieve data from, or add data to, a database.

Branch officials can access the central database.

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The ability or right to approach, enter, exit, communicate with, or make use of.

Has access to the restricted area; has access to classified material.

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Increase or growth.
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(1) To store data on and retrieve data from a disk or other peripheral device. See access arm, access method and Microsoft Access.
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(uncountable) A way or means of approaching or entering; an entrance; a passage.
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Public access.
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An outburst or onset.

An access of rage.

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Access means to approach, use, or enter something.

An example of access would be viewing your bank account from your computer.

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(computing) To have access to (data).

I can't access most of the data on the computer without a password.

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To obtain access to, especially by computer.

Used a browser to access a website; accessed her bank account online.

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Access is defined as the way to enter or exit a place.

An example of access is a road that connects a house to a highway.

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The definition of access is the right to use, communicate, or approach something or someone.

An example of access is permission to enter a secure area.

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The ability, opportunity, permission, or right to approach, communicate, enter, pass to and from, or view without interference or obstruction. See also easement and visitation rights.
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(uncountable) The act of approaching or entering; an advance.
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(uncountable) The right or ability of approaching or entering; admittance; admission; accessibility.
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(uncountable) The quality of being easy to approach or enter.
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(uncountable) Admission to sexual intercourse.
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(countable) An increase by addition; accession; as, an access of territory.
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(countable) An onset, attack, or fit of disease; an ague fit.
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(countable) An outburst of an emotion; a paroxysm; a fit of passion; as, an access of fury.
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(uncountable, law) The right of a non-custodial parent to visit their child.
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(uncountable, computing) The process of locating data in memory.
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(uncountable, Internet) Connection to or communication with a computer program or to the Internet.
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To gain or obtain access to.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
access
Plural:
accesses

Origin of access

  • Middle English acces a coming to from Old French from Latin accessus past participle of accēdere to arrive ad- ad- cēdere to come ked- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Middle French acces (“attack, onslaught”) or from its source Latin accessus, perfect passive participle of accēdō (“approach; accede”), from ad (“to, toward, at”) + cēdō (“move, yield”).

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested in the early 14th century.

    From Wiktionary

  • (entrance): First attested about 1380.

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested in 1962.

    From Wiktionary