WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ac•cess /ˈæksɛs/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
v. [~ + object]
- the ability or right to enter, approach, or use:Who has access to a computer?
- a way or means of approach or entrance:The dead-end street was the only access to their house.
- Computingto enter the system of (a computer).
- to obtain (information) from a computer:He accessed the data from his laptop.
(ak′ses),USA pronunciation n.
- the ability, right, or permission to approach, enter, speak with, or use;
admittance:They have access to the files.
- the state or quality of being approachable:The house was difficult of access.
- a way or means of approach:The only access to the house was a rough dirt road.
- [Theol.]approach to God through Jesus Christ.
- an attack or onset, as of a disease.
- a sudden and strong emotional outburst.
- Radio and Television, Show BusinessSee public-access television.
- 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.
- Computingto locate (data) for transfer from one part of a computer system to another, generally between an external storage device and main storage.
- 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
- the act of approaching or entering
- the condition of allowing entry, esp (of a building or room) allowing entry by wheelchairs, prams, etc
- the right or privilege to approach, reach, enter, or make use of something
- a way or means of approach or entry
- the opportunity or right to see or approach someone: she fights for divorce and free access to her children
- (modifier) designating programmes made by the general public as distinguished from those made by professional broadcasters: access television
- a sudden outburst or attack, as of rage or disease
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French or from Latin accessus an approach, from accēdere to accede
- to gain access to; make accessible or available
- (transitive) to obtain or retrieve (information) from a storage device
- to place (information) in a storage device
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