Meaning of ACCESS in English

I. ˈakˌses also ikˈs- or akˈs- noun

( -es )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French acces arrival, from Latin accessus approach, access, admittance, from accessus past participle of accedere to approach — more at accede


[influenced in meaning by Middle French accession & Latin accessio — more at accession ]

a. : an attack or onset of illness or disease

an access of paralysis the afternoon previous — George Ticknor

b. : a fit or spell of intense feeling

he had such an access now — Oliver La Farge

: outburst

accesses of pessimism — S.H.Adams



(1) : permission, liberty, or ability to enter, approach, communicate with, or pass to and from

access to every room

access to the president

a country with access to the sea

(2) : admission to sexual intercourse

(3) : a landowner's legal right to pass from his land to a highway and to return without being obstructed

b. : freedom or ability to obtain or make use of

give them access to jobs of confidence or trust — New York Times

: ability or means to participate in, work in, or gain insight into

access to the liberal arts

c. : a way by which a thing or place may be approached or reached : passageway

a lock built to give access to the sea


(1) : the action of going to or reaching : approach , entrance : passage to and from

provide a means of access to the lake

completed plans for access tracks to the factory

(2) : approach to God through Jesus Christ — used especially in titles of prayers

the Anglican prayer of humble access

3. : an increase by addition

a sudden access of wealth

4. obsolete

a. : an assembling or meeting especially of the British Parliament

b. : a coming to office or sovereignty

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

Etymology: access , noun

: to get at : gain access to

index registers can be accessed by the programmer — Datamation

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.