- 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.
- Theology. approach to God through Jesus Christ.
- an attack or onset, as of a disease.
- a sudden and strong emotional outburst.
- 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.
- Computers. to locate (data) for transfer from one part of a computer system to another, generally between an external storage device and main storage.
- Television. (of programming, time, etc.) available to the public: Six channels now offer access services.
Origin of access
Examples from the Web for access
Have you tried to access the research that your tax dollars finance, almost all of which is kept behind a paywall?Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
Can they determine that individual citizens should not have access to rights provided by the Constitution?The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
The official spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to harm future access to those embattled communities.ISIS Fight Has a Spy Shortage, Intel Chair Says
January 2, 2015
The added charge for access to hotel Wi-Fi is not only exploitative but increasingly irrelevant.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security
December 31, 2014
That in itself was a huge innovation, but de Silva says access to markets is still a problem for everyone.Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa
December 22, 2014
The way was open; the access was free; the progress as rapid as thought could make it.The Conquest of Fear
Where can I have access to old files of the leading news-papers?
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
His martyrdom was continued by forbidding him all access to the healing waters.The Secret Agent
The means of access to the villages, away from the railway, are extremely poor.The Hunted Outlaw
- 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 someoneshe fights for divorce and free access to her children
- (modifier) designating programmes made by the general public as distinguished from those made by professional broadcastersaccess television
- a sudden outburst or attack, as of rage or disease
Word Origin and History for access
early 14c., "an attack of fever," from Old French acces "onslaught, attack; onset (of an illness)" (14c.), from Latin accessus "a coming to, an approach," noun use of past participle of accedere "approach" (see accede). The later senses are directly from Latin. Meaning "an entrance" is from c.1600. Meaning "habit or power of getting into the presence of (someone or something)" is from late 14c.
1962, originally in computing, from access (n.). Related: Accessed; accessing.
- A means of approaching, entering, exiting, or making use of; passage.
- The space required to view a tooth and manipulate dental instruments to remove decay and prepare the tooth for restoration.
- The opening in the crown of a tooth necessary to allow adequate admittance to the pulp space to clean, shape, and seal the root canal.