1. A means of approaching, entering, exiting, communicating with, or making use of: a store with easy access.
2. The ability or right to approach, enter, exit, communicate with, or make use of: has access to the restricted area; has access to classified material.
3. Public access.
4. An increase by addition.
5. An outburst or onset: an access of rage.
tr.v. ac·cessed, ac·cess·ing, ac·cess·es
To obtain access to, especially by computer: used a browser to access a website; accessed her bank account online.
[Middle English acces, a coming to, from Old French, from Latin accessus, past participle of accēdere, to arrive : ad-, ad- + cēdere, to come; see ked- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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