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[ak-ses] /ˈæk sɛs/
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.
verb (used with object)
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
1275-1325; Middle English accesse (< Old French acces) < Latin accessus an approach, equivalent to acced-, variant stem of accēdere to accede + -tus suffix of v. action
Related forms
preaccess, noun
Can be confused
access, assess, excess. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for accessed
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  • Higher resolution versions of the star maps and lunar charts may be accessed by clicking on the images in the text.

    Pleasures of the telescope Garrett Serviss
  • High-resolution images of the maps can be accessed by clicking on them.

  • The second set of footnotes, used for commentary on the text, is accessed through hyperlinks in this document.

    Henry the Sixth John Blacman
  • High-resolution images of the photos of the soliders following pages 16, 56 and 72 can be accessed by clicking on them.

  • High-resolution images of the photos can be accessed by clicking on them.

    Napoleon's Marshals R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for accessed


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
to gain access to; make accessible or available
(transitive) (computing)
  1. to obtain or retrieve (information) from a storage device
  2. to place (information) in a storage device See also direct access, sequential access
Word Origin
C14: from Old French or from Latin accessus an approach, from accēdere to accede
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Word Origin and History for accessed



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.



1962, originally in computing, from access (n.). Related: Accessed; accessing.

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accessed in Medicine

access ac·cess (āk'sěs)

  1. A means of approaching, entering, exiting, or making use of; passage.

  2. The space required to view a tooth and manipulate dental instruments to remove decay and prepare the tooth for restoration.

  3. 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.

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