(transitive) To gain or obtain access to. (transitive, computing) To have access to (data).
1.the ability, right, or permission to approach, enter, speak with, or use; admittance, They have access to the files.
2.the state or quality of being approachable, The house was difficult of access.
3.a way or means of approach, The only access to the house was a rough dirt road.
4.Theology. approach to God through Jesus Christ.
5.an attack or onset, as of a disease.
6.a sudden and strong emotional outburst.
9.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.
10.Computers. to locate (data) for transfer from one part of a computer system to another, generally between an external storage device and main storage.
1.Television. (of programming, time, etc.) available to the public, Six channels now offer access services.
1. the act of approaching or entering
2. the condition of allowing entry, esp (of a building or room) allowing entry by wheelchairs, prams, etc
3. the right or privilege to approach, reach, enter, or make use of something
4. a way or means of approach or entry
5. the opportunity or right to see or approach someone, she fights for divorce and free access to her children
6. (modifier) designating programmes made by the general public as distinguished from those made by professional broadcasters, access television
7. a sudden outburst or attack, as of rage or disease verb
8. to gain access to; make accessible or available
9. (transitive) (computing) to obtain or retrieve (information) from a storage device to place (information) in a storage device See also direct access, sequential accessWord OriginC14, from Old French or from Latin accessus an approach, from accēdere to accedeCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 14c., "an attack of fever," from Old French acces "onslaught, attack; onset (of an illness)" (14c.), from Latin accessus "a coming to, an approach," noun use of past participle of accedere "approach" (see accede). The later senses are directly from Latin. Meaning "an entrance" is from c.1600. Meaning "habit or power of getting into the presence of (someone or something)" is from late 14c.
1962, originally in computing, from access (n.). Related, Accessed; accessing.
He had access to his part much earlier than I did, so he was able to make some investments that really paid off.
You gave Howard access to the checking account.
Post details on a web site that only us can access without any fear we can be traced by using it.
I drove over to Greenbriar Road 'cause I figured I'd take a peek before I informed the Washington crowd of suits I had access to the place.
The measure was taken to give him unfettered access to her visions.
He reached a door finally and typed in the access code.
If he wants access to my domain, he will deal with me directly, not prey on your weaknesses.
Surely none of the Dawkinses, who lived in California, would have had either access to or knowledge of the trunk-stored skeleton.
In recent years, the government, in an effort to formalize access and camping in the area, had instituted a fee program, creating considerable controversy with a number of locals.
Gabriel was locked out, and Darkyn wasn't permitted access in the first place.
Worst of all, it had all been to gain access to money she could have had without protest.
You had access to that door and didn't walk through it.
You.ll grant us access to it?
"Not for onset of war," he responded, and waved his own wrist in front of the access pad.
All access to the gorge was free, funded by the generosity of private contributors, merchants and the equipment manufactures.
Although the pace of technological change has quickened, in the future it will become astonishingly faster because the amount of data we can access and our ability to transform data into knowledge will catch up with each other.
At the present day, and in this country, as I find by my own experience, a few implements, a knife, an axe, a spade, a wheelbarrow, etc., and for the studious, lamplight, stationery, and access to a few books, rank next to necessaries, and can all be obtained at a trifling cost.
The naturalists and their followers, thinking they can solve this question, are like plasterers set to plaster one side of the walls of a church who, availing themselves of the absence of the chief superintendent of the work, should in an access of zeal plaster over the windows, icons, woodwork, and still unbuttressed walls, and should be delighted that from their point of view as plasterers, everything is now so smooth and regular.
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