WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ac•cess /ˈæksɛs/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [uncountable]
  1. the ability or right to enter, approach, or use:Who has access to a computer?
  2. a way or means of approach or entrance:The dead-end street was the only access to their house.

v. [+ object]
  1. Computing
    • Computingto enter the system of (a computer).
    • to obtain (information) from a computer:He accessed the data from his laptop.
See -cess-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ac•cess  (akses),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the ability, right, or permission to approach, enter, speak with, or use;
    admittance:They have access to the files.
  2. the state or quality of being approachable:The house was difficult of access.
  3. a way or means of approach:The only access to the house was a rough dirt road.
  4. [Theol.]approach to God through Jesus Christ.
  5. an attack or onset, as of a disease.
  6. a sudden and strong emotional outburst.
  7. accession.
  8. Radio and Television, Show BusinessSee  public-access television. 

v.t. 
  1. to make contact with or gain access to;
    be able to reach, approach, enter, etc.:Bank customers can access their checking accounts instantly through the new electronic system.
  2. Computingto locate (data) for transfer from one part of a computer system to another, generally between an external storage device and main storage.

adj. 
  1. Show Business[Television.](of programming, time, etc.) available to the public:Six channels now offer access services.
  • Latin accessus an approach, equivalent. to acced-, variant stem of accēdere to accede + -tus suffix of verb, verbal action
  • Old French acces)
  • Middle English accesse ( 1275–1325


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

access /ˈæksɛs/ n
  1. the act of approaching or entering
  2. the condition of allowing entry, esp (of a building or room) allowing entry by wheelchairs, prams, etc
  3. the right or privilege to approach, reach, enter, or make use of something
  4. a way or means of approach or entry
  5. the opportunity or right to see or approach someone: she fights for divorce and free access to her children
  6. (modifier) designating programmes made by the general public as distinguished from those made by professional broadcasters: access television
  7. a sudden outburst or attack, as of rage or disease
vb
  1. to gain access to; make accessible or available
  2. (transitive) to obtain or retrieve (information) from a storage device
  3. to place (information) in a storage device
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French or from Latin accessus an approach, from accēdere to accede



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