• Access


    • US enPR: ăkʹsÄ•s, IPA: /ˈæk.sÉ›s/
    • Hyphenation: ac + cess

    Origin 1

    • First attested in the early 14th century.
    • (entrance) First attested about 1380.
    • From Middle English, from Middle French acces ("attack, onslaught") or from its source Latin accessus, perfect passive participle of accÄ“dō ("approach; accede"), from ad ("to, toward, at") + cÄ“dō ("move, yield").

    Full definition of access



    (countable and uncountable; plural accesss)
    1. (uncountable) A way or means of approaching or entering; an entrance; a passage.
      • All access was thronged. - Milton
    2. (uncountable) The act of approaching or entering; an advance.
    3. (uncountable) The right or ability of approaching or entering; admittance; admission; accessibility.
    4. (uncountable) The quality of being easy to approach or enter.
    5. (uncountable) Admission to sexual intercourse.
    6. (countable) An increase by addition; accession; as, an access of territory.
      • I, from the influence of thy looks, receive access in every virtue. - Milton
    7. (countable) An onset, attack, or fit of disease; an ague fit.
      • The first access looked like an apoplexy. - Burnet
    8. (countable) An outburst of an emotion; a paroxysm; a fit of passion; as, an access of fury.
      • 1946, Arnold J. Toynbee, A Study of History (Abridgement of Volumes I-VI by D.C. Somervell)It appears that, about the middle of the fourth century of the Christian Era, the Germans in the Roman service started the new practice of retaining their native names; and this change of etiquette, which seems to have been abrupt, points to a sudden access of self-confidence and self-assurance in the souls of the barbarian personnel which had previously been content to 'go Roman' without reservations.
    9. (uncountable, legal) The right of a non-custodial parent to visit their child.
    10. (uncountable, computing) The process of locating data in memory.
    11. (uncountable, Internet) Connection to or communication with a computer program or to the Internet.

    Origin 2

    • First attested in 1962.


    1. (transitive) To gain or obtain access to.
    2. (transitive, computing) To have access to (data).I can't access most of the data on the computer without a password.
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