Definition of access in English:

access

Line breaks: ac¦cess
Pronunciation: /ˈaksɛs
 
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noun

1 [mass noun] (often access to) The means or opportunity to approach or enter a place: the staircase gives access to the top floor wheelchair access
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  • Two side entrances provide access to the back garden - one has double timber doors which lead to a carport.
  • A covered side entrance provides access to the large walled rear garden, which also has an outside toilet.
  • There is plumbing for a washing machine, and a side door provides access to the garden.
Synonyms
entrance, entry, way in, means of entry, ingress; approach, means of approach
1.1The right or opportunity to use or benefit from something: do you have access to a computer? awards to help people gain access to training
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  • It is not a policy issue as to whether people should have access to water or not, people are naturally entitled to have access.
  • Ensure that next year's influx of students have access to properly funded clubs and resources.
  • It's right and proper that teachers have access to the full process of judicial review, which by its thorough nature, will take time.
Synonyms
(the) use of, the opportunity to use, permission to use
1.2The right or opportunity to approach or see someone: we were denied access to our grandson
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  • This group aims to support fathers who suffer after marital disputes, for example by being denied access to their children by the mother.
  • At the same time union representatives were denied access to members and were not faxed requested safety reports.
  • Ms. Stewart did not have her speech limited nor were students denied access to her as you suggest.
Synonyms
admission, admittance, entry, entrée, ingress, right of entry, permission to enter, the opportunity to enter
1.3The process of obtaining or retrieving information stored in a computer’s memory: this prevents unauthorized access or inadvertent deletion of the file
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  • Memory data accesses are hundreds of times faster than disk.
  • This execution involves performing arithmetic and logical calculations, initiating memory accesses, and controlling the flow of program execution.
  • Virtual Interface Architecture is a new method or establishing application-to-application remote memory accesses over a network.
1.4 [as modifier] Denoting broadcasting produced by minority and specialist interest groups, rather than by professionals: access television
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  • The evolution of access broadcasting has produced a different kind of anxiety.
  • The forum will be aired on local public access television prior to Election Day.
2 [in singular] literary An attack or outburst of an emotion: I was suddenly overcome with an access of rage
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  • And in the afternoon, we saw a man who had strangled his girlfriend in her parents' house, also in an access of jealousy.
  • Either a solution has presented itself or I've had an access of strength and energy which has been enough to get me through.
Synonyms
fit, attack, bout, outpouring, eruption, explosion, outburst, burst, outbreak, flare-up, blow-up, blaze, spasm, paroxysm, seizure, rush; gale, flood, storm, hurricane, torrent, surge, upsurge; spurt, effusion, outflow, outflowing, welling up
informal splurt

verb

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1Approach or enter (a place): single rooms have private facilities accessed via the balcony
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  • The private car park is accessed via remote controlled gates.
  • The site is accessed via the Dunmore Road and is around two miles from the city centre.
  • A signed diversion route will also be in place for drivers wanting to access the village via the A64.
2Obtain or retrieve (computer data or a file): information can be accessed from several files and displayed at the same time
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  • The lack of protection means that e-mails and sensitive computer files can be accessed by hackers using little more than a laptop and an antenna.
  • For example, today you can access Microsoft file servers with a Samba client.
  • When the user accesses the file, online archiving retrieves that data twice as fast as it was compressed.
Synonyms
retrieve, gain, gain access to, acquire, obtain; read, examine

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'sudden attack of illness'): from Latin accessus, from the verb accedere 'to approach' (see accede). sense 1 of the noun is first recorded in the early 17th century.

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