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



    BrE BrE//ˈækses//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈækses//
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  1. 1  a way of entering or reaching a place The police gained access through a broken window. There is easy access by road. access to something The only access to the farmhouse is across the fields. Disabled visitors are welcome; there is good wheelchair access to most facilities. compare egress
  2. 2  access (to something) the opportunity or right to use something or to see somebody/something Students must have access to good resources. You need a password to get access to the computer system. access to confidential information Journalists were denied access to the President. Many divorced fathers only have access to their children at weekends (= they are allowed by law to see them only at weekends). compare visitation Wordfinderaccess, blog, browse, chat, google, navigate, search engine, unsubscribe, visit, the Web
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin accessus, from the verb accedere ‘to approach’, from ad- ‘to’ + cedere ‘give way, yield’Extra examples He was finally granted access to the medical records. I lived deep in the country, without easy access to shops. Men and women should have equal access to education and employment. Some people are being denied access to adequate medical care. Students have easy access to libraries. The computer provides access to all the information. high-speed Internet access improved access for disabled visitors random access memory universal access to education A journalist gained access to the star’s hospital room. A judge ruled that the public have right of access to the area. Access points to the site had been blocked. Double doors give access to the terrace. The changes will improve access for the disabled. The only access was down a flight of steep steps. The public will once again have access to the castle. There is a need to increase educational opportunities and access to colleges. There is wheelchair access to most of the facilities. You may need to gain access to the space under the floor.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: access