Meaning of ACCESS in English

ACCESS

I. ac ‧ cess 1 S2 W1 AC /ˈækses/ BrE AmE noun [uncountable]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ access , ↑ accessibility ≠ ↑ inaccessibility ; verb : ↑ access ; adverb : ↑ accessibly ≠ ↑ inaccessibly ; adjective : ↑ accessible ≠ ↑ inaccessible ]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: acces 'arrival' , from Latin accessus 'approach' , from accedere ; ⇨ ↑ accede ]

1 . the right to enter a place, use something, see someone etc

access to

Access to the papers is restricted to senior management.

Cats should always have access to fresh, clean water.

2 . how easy or difficult it is for people to enter a public building, to reach a place, or talk to someone

access for

We’re trying to improve access for disabled visitors.

access to

a villa with easy access to the sea

3 . the way you use to enter a building or reach a place:

Access is by means of a small door on the right.

access to

Access to the restrooms is through the foyer.

4 . have access to a car/a computer etc to have a car, a computer etc that you can use

5 . British English the legal right to see and spend time with your children, a prisoner, an official etc:

My ex-husband has access to the children once a week.

6 . gain/get access (to something) to succeed in entering a place or in seeing someone or something:

The police managed to gain access through an upstairs window.

II. access 2 AC BrE AmE verb [transitive]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ access , ↑ accessibility ≠ ↑ inaccessibility ; verb : ↑ access ; adverb : ↑ accessibly ≠ ↑ inaccessibly ; adjective : ↑ accessible ≠ ↑ inaccessible ]

to find information, especially on a computer:

Users can access their voice mail remotely.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.