the ability, right, or permission to approach, enter, speak with, or use; admittance: They have access to the files.
a way or means of approach: The only access to the house was a rough dirt road.
the state or quality of being approachable: Located deep in the woods on an island with no dock, the cabin was difficult of access.
Theology. approach to God through Jesus Christ.
an attack or onset, as of a disease or symptom: Some influenza patients experience attacks for many weeks after the primary access.In a violent access of coughing I fractured one of my ribs.
a sudden, strong burst of emotion: In an access of clumsy tenderness, he tried to dry the tears that trembled on her eyelashes.
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 online portal.
Computers. (of a program or system component) to retrieve (data) for use by another program or application or for transfer from one part of the system to another: This key enables other applications to access data from within the event management system even if you aren't logged in.
Television. (of programming, time, etc.) available to the public: Six channels now offer access services.
- pre·ac·cess, noun
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How to use access in a sentence
For students who have never had access to these opportunities, such programs could begin to erase decades of injustice in the education system.Charles Koch: Partisan politics don’t work. It’s time for a new way | jakemeth | November 19, 2020 | Fortune
The fintech is paying a lot for access to Shopify’s merchants.
Another way that those outside of the traditional financial system can be helped by fintech, according to Vosburg, is by using their data to get better access to credit.The cashless economy: How fintech is approaching the future of finance | McKenna Moore | November 19, 2020 | Fortune
Dallas was initially developed as a result of the construction of major railroad lines throughout the area to allow access to cotton, cattle, and later oil.
The less data the media companies can access, the less capable they are of gauging how the various FAST platforms compare and contrast and therefore the less standing they have in their distribution negotiations.‘We get nothing’: Media companies want more detailed audience, revenue breakdowns from free, ad-supported streaming TV platforms | Tim Peterson | November 18, 2020 | Digiday
With every family member accessing a different screen in a different room it can feel like we are more disconnected than ever.
In time, we are prisoners of the present forever prevented from accessing our past, or our future.Neil deGrasse Tyson Breaks Down ‘Interstellar’: Black Holes, Time Dilations, and Massive Waves | Marlow Stern | November 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And according to a new Nielson report adults are accessing the Internet through their phones more now than ever before.Swipe Right For Sex: Mixxxer Is Tinder for the Porn Star Set | Aurora Snow | October 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As a condition of his probation, Bartiromo was barred from accessing the Internet for any non-school-related purpose.
Apple also created the preferred devices for accessing this interface, and the music it channeled.
The new methods of accessing information free the legislative politician from the time-consuming task of accumulating data.The Civilization of Illiteracy | Mihai Nadin
To access a book is different from accessing a multimedia knowledge platform.The Civilization of Illiteracy | Mihai Nadin
British Dictionary definitions for access
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
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