Meaning of ACCESS in English


/ ˈækses; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun [ U ]


access (to sth) a way of entering or reaching a place :

The only access to the farmhouse is across the fields.

Disabled visitors are welcome; there is good wheelchair access to most facilities.

The police gained access through a broken window.

—compare egress


access (to sth) the opportunity or right to use sth or to see sb/sth :

Students must have access to good resources.

You need a password to get access to the computer system.

access to confidential information

Journalists were denied access to the President.

Many divorced fathers only have access to their children at weekends (= they are allowed by law to see them only at weekends) .

—compare visitation

■ verb [ vn ]


( computing ) to open a computer file in order to get or add information


( formal ) to reach, enter or use sth :

The loft can be accessed by a ladder.



early 17th cent.: from Latin accessus , from the verb accedere to approach, from ad- to + cedere give way, yield

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.