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Definition of access verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    access

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈækses//
     
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    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they access
    BrE BrE//ˈækses//
     
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    he / she / it accesses
    BrE BrE//ˈæksesɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæksesɪz//
     
    past simple accessed
    BrE BrE//ˈæksest//
     
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    past participle accessed
    BrE BrE//ˈæksest//
     
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    -ing form accessing
    BrE BrE//ˈæksesɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1 access something (computing) to open a computer file in order to get or add information
  2. 2access something (formal) to reach, enter or use something The loft can be accessed by a ladder.
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin accessus, from the verb accedere ‘to approach’, from ad- ‘to’ + cedere ‘give way, yield’Extra examples Single rooms have private facilities accessed via the balcony. The electronic library catalogue can be accessed from terminals all over the university. The village is easily accessed by public transport.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: access