What does access mean?

Definitions for access
ˈæk sɛsac·cess

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word access.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. entree, access, accession, admission, admittancenoun

    the right to enter

  2. accessnoun

    the right to obtain or make use of or take advantage of something (as services or membership)

  3. access, approachnoun

    a way of entering or leaving

    "he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge"

  4. access, access codenoun

    a code (a series of characters or digits) that must be entered in some way (typed or dialed or spoken) to get the use of something (a telephone line or a computer or a local area network etc.)

  5. access, memory accessnoun

    (computer science) the operation of reading or writing stored information

  6. accessverb

    the act of approaching or entering

    "he gained access to the building"

  7. accessverb

    obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer

  8. access, get atverb

    reach or gain access to

    "How does one access the attic in this house?"; "I cannot get to the T.V. antenna, even if I climb on the roof"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ACCESSnoun

    Etymology: In some of its senses, it seems derived from accessus, in others, from accessio, Lat. acces, Fr.

    There remained very advantageous accesses for temptations to enter and invade men, the fortifications being very slender, little knowlege of immortality, or any thing beyond this life, and no assurance that repentance would be admitted for sin. Henry Hammond, on Fundamentals.

    And here th’ access a gloomy grove defends;
    And here th’ unnavigable lake extends,
    O’er whose unhappy waters, void of light,
    No bird presumes to steer his airy flight. John Dryden, Æneid. vi.

    When we are wrong’d, and would unfold our griefs,
    We are deny’d access unto his person,
    Ev’n by those men that most have done us wrong. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. 2.

    They go commission’d to require a peace,
    And carry presents to procure access. John Dryden, Æn. vii. l. 209.

    He grants what they besought;
    Instructed, that to God is no access
    Without Mediator, whose high office now
    Moses in figures bears. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xii. l. 239.

    The gold was accumulated, and store treasure, for the most part; but the silver is still growing. Besides, infinite is the access of territory and empire by the same enterprize. Francis Bacon, Holy War.

    Although to opinion, there be many gods, may seem an access in religion, and such as cannot at all consist with atheism, yet doth it deductively, and upon inference, include the same; for unity is the inseparable and essential attribute of Deity. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. i. c. 10.

    Nor think superfluous their aid;
    I, from the influence of thy looks, receive
    Access in every virtue; in thy sight
    More wise, more watchful, stronger. Paradise Lost, b. ix.

    The reputation
    Of virtuous actions past, if not kept up
    With an access, and fresh supply, of new ones,
    Is lost and soon forgotten. John Denham, Sophy.

    For as relapses make diseases
    More desperate than their first accesses. Hud. p. iii. cant. ii.


  1. access

    Access refers to the ability or authorization to enter, approach, communicate with, or use something, such as a system, service, resource or physical location. It can also refer to the act of obtaining and retrieving information. The concept of access can apply in various fields such as technology, healthcare, law, or social equity, among others.

  2. access

    Access refers to the ability or permission to reach, enter, use, benefit from, contribute to, or view something or some place. It can apply to a range of different contexts including digital systems, data, physical locations, healthcare, education, and more.

  3. access

    Access generally refers to the ability, right, or permission to approach, enter, speak with or make use of something or someone. It can also refer to the act of approaching or using something.

  4. access

    Access refers to the ability or privilege of entering, using, participating, communicating, or approaching something or someone. It can relate to information, systems, services, locations, and resources. It often involves authorization, implying that some entities have permission while others do not. The term can be used in various fields like technology, healthcare, business, and research.

  5. access

    Access generally refers to the ability or permission to use, enter, view or retrieve something. It can be related to physical spaces, online platforms, information, resources, opportunities, and services. This can be granted or restricted, depending on certain conditions or privileges.

  6. access

    Access refers to the ability or permission to enter, approach, communicate with, or use something or someone. It can also refer to the act of obtaining or retrieving information or data from a storage device or system. In technological terms, access often refers to the privilege or rights granted to users to perform functions on a computer, network, or device.

  7. access

    Access refers to the ability or permission to enter, use, approach, communicate with, or pass to and from a certain place, resource, information, or service. It can also refer to obtaining, examining, or retrieving resources or data. In the digital world, access often relates to the privileges granted to a user, like viewing, editing, and managing computer files or data.

  8. access

    Access refers to the ability or permission to enter, approach, communicate with, or make use of something. It can also refer to the ability to retrieve, interact with, or gain knowledge of certain information or data.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accessnoun

    a coming to, or near approach; admittance; admission; accessibility; as, to gain access to a prince

  2. Accessnoun

    the means, place, or way by which a thing may be approached; passage way; as, the access is by a neck of land

  3. Accessnoun

    admission to sexual intercourse

  4. Accessnoun

    increase by something added; addition; as, an access of territory. [In this sense accession is more generally used.]

  5. Accessnoun

    an onset, attack, or fit of disease

  6. Accessnoun

    a paroxysm; a fit of passion; an outburst; as, an access of fury

  7. Etymology: [F. accs, L. accessus, fr. accedere. See Accede.]


  1. Access

    Access is a fictional character owned by both DC Comics and Marvel Comics. He made his first appearance in DC vs. Marvel #1, a special crossover between the two companies. He was created as both a way to explain the events of the story as well as a means to enable future intercompany crossovers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Access

    ak′ses, or ak-ses′, n. liberty to come to, approach: increase.—n. Accessibil′ity.—adj. Access′ible, that may be approached.—adv. Access′ibly. [See Accede.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. access

    Means of entry on board.

Editors Contribution

  1. access

    Right to attend.

    Access to computer systems is just for the necessary or authorized systems.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 29, 2020  

  2. access

    The right to use.

    They did access their computer easily with their username and password.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 13, 2020  

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  2. Access

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'access' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #999

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'access' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1398

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'access' in Nouns Frequency: #449

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'access' in Verbs Frequency: #865

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of access in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of access in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of access in a Sentence

  1. William LeoGrande:

    Historically, Cuba has had probably the worst Internet access in the hemisphere. Clearly, the Cuban government has decided that broad Internet access is essential to a 21st century economy. The Internet cafes and now this Wi-Fi network show that the government is serious about expanding Internet access.

  2. Ahmadou Tidjane Moussa Naibi:

    We're deprived of everything. We don't have access to the hospital. We don't have access to education. We don't even have access to our cemeteries.

  3. Alberto Gonzales:

    Access to information and freedom of access to it may seem like a fundamental right but there are many people who think, rightly or wrongly, it is for your own good that it is hidden.

  4. Steven B. Beach, Paraglider magazine, Vol. 1 No. 2:

    Since the dawn of time there have been those among us who have been willing to go to extraordinary lengths to gain access to that domain normally reserved for birds, angels, and madmen.

  5. Steven Keating:

    The patient has the least access to the data, but has to make the most medical decisions. It was my decision to do surgery or radiation or chemo, what type of chemo, it’s all in the patient’s hands. Usually they just follow what the doctor says, but they don’t have that same access to the data that the doctors do, patients don’t have access to their data legally, they only have access to their designated record, and if it’s not included in there they don’t see it.

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Translations for access

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  • دَخَلَ, وصولArabic
  • подход, достъп, пристъпBulgarian
  • přístupCzech
  • adgangDanish
  • Eingang, Gefühlsausbruch, Zugriff, Zugang, Anfall, Zutritt, Ausbruch, Umgangsrecht, Zugang habenGerman
  • προσπέλαση, πρόσβαση, παροξυσμός, ξέσπασμα, ελευθεροκοινωνία, έκρηξηGreek
  • aliroEsperanto
  • acceso, accederSpanish
  • pääsEstonian
  • دسترسیPersian
  • pääsy, tapaamisoikeus, lähestyminen, haku, yhteys, kohtaus, päästäFinnish
  • entrée, accès, approche, accéder, avoir accèsFrench
  • גישהHebrew
  • पहुंचHindi
  • bejárás, láthatás, hozzáférés, hozzáférHungarian
  • մատչելArmenian
  • accessoItalian
  • アクセスJapanese
  • 접속하다Korean
  • piekļuve, lēkmeLatvian
  • aċċessMaltese
  • tilgang, adgangNorwegian
  • aanval, toevoeging, toegang, toegangsrecht, passage, instemming, uitval, benadering, aanwinst, bezoekrecht, toeval, toegangsweg, toelating, verkrijgen, bereikenDutch
  • tilgang, åtgangNorwegian Nynorsk
  • aksess, anfall, besøksrett, tilgang, utbrudd, få, aksessere, adgangNorwegian
  • dostępPolish
  • acesso, acessarPortuguese
  • apropiere, accesRomanian
  • доступRussian
  • pristup, приступSerbo-Croatian
  • passage, tillgänglighet, tillgång, anfall, ingång, tillträde, umgängesrätt, väg, åtkomst, utbrott, ta fram, ha åtkomst, göra åtkomligSwedish
  • యాక్సెస్Telugu
  • ทางเข้าThai
  • erişimTurkish
  • رسائیUrdu
  • truy cậpVietnamese
  • 访问Chinese

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    restricted to a particular condition of life
    • A. interrogate
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