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Definition of ACCESS


a : permission, liberty, or ability to enter, approach, or pass to and from a place or to approach or communicate with a person or thing Investigators wanted to get access to his home. consultants who have easy access to the president b : freedom or ability to obtain or make use of something paying for access to the Internet c : a way or means of entering or approaching A canal provides access to the river. a building that provides wheelchair access [=a way for people in wheelchairs to enter] d : the act or an instance of accessing something


b : a fit of intense feeling : outburst If it had been in Tito’s nature to feel an access of rage, he would have felt it against this bull-faced accomplice.—George Eliot


: an increase by addition a sudden access of wealth

transitive verb

: to get at : to gain access to: such as

a : to be able to use, enter, or get near (something) accessed the computer by phone a system that makes it easier to access the money in your bank account b : to open or load (a computer file, an Internet site, etc.) a file that can be accessed by many users at the same time Last Updated: 23 Jan 2023 – Updated example sentences

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Merriam-Webster unabridged


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