[ ak-ses ]
/ ˈæk sɛs /
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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.



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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
pre·ac·cess, noun
access , assess, excess
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British Dictionary definitions for access

/ (ˈæksɛs) /



to gain access to; make accessible or available
(tr) computing
  1. to obtain or retrieve (information) from a storage device
  2. to place (information) in a storage deviceSee also direct access, sequential access
C14: from Old French or from Latin accessus an approach, from accēdere to accede
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for access

[ ăksĕs ]


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.
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