access

[ ak-ses ]
/ ˈæk sɛs /

noun

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.

adjective

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

OTHER WORDS FROM access

pre·ac·cess, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH access

access assess excess
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British Dictionary definitions for accesses

access
/ (ˈæksɛs) /

noun

verb

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

Word Origin for access

C14: from Old French or from Latin accessus an approach, from accēdere to accede
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Medical definitions for accesses

access
[ ăksĕs ]

n.

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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