• (RP) IPA: /ˈæksɛs/
  • (GA) enPR: ăkʹsĕs', IPA: /ˈækˌsɛs/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈæksɛs/, /əkˈsɛs/
  • (GA) enPR ăkʹsĕs', IPA: /ˈækˌsɛs/, /əkˈsɛs/


  1. (uncountable) A way or means of approaching or entering; an entrance; a passage.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost
      All access was thronged.
  2. (uncountable) The act of approaching or entering; an advance.
  3. (uncountable) The right or ability of approaching or entering; admittance; admission; accessibility.
  4. (uncountable) The quality of being easy to approach or enter.
    • c. 1600, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet Act 2 Scene 1
      I did repel his fetters, and denied His access to me. - Shakespeare, Hamlet, II-i
  5. (uncountable) Admission to sexual intercourse.
    • 1760s, William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England
      During coverture, access of the husband shall be presumed, unless the contrary be shown.
  6. (archaic, countable) An increase by addition; accession
    an access of territory
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost
      I, from the influence of thy looks, receive access in every virtue.
  7. (countable) An onset, attack, or fit of disease; an ague fit.
    • The first access looked like an apoplexy.
  8. (countable) An outburst of an emotion; a paroxysm; a fit of passion
    • 1946, Arnold J. Toynbee, A Study of History (Abridgement of Volumes I-VI by D.C. Somervell)
      It appears that, about the middle of the fourth century of the Christian Era, the Germans in the Roman service started the new practice of retaining their native names; and this change of etiquette, which seems to have been abrupt, points to a sudden access of self-confidence and self-assurance in the souls of the barbarian personnel which had previously been content to 'go Roman' without reservations.
  9. (uncountable, legal) The right of a noncustodial parent to visit their child.
  10. (uncountable, computing) The process of locating data in memory.
  11. (uncountable, networking) Connection to or communication with a computer program or to the Internet.
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  • German: Umgangsrecht
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access (accesses, present participle accessing; past and past participle accessed)

  1. (transitive) To gain or obtain access to.
  2. (transitive, computing) To have access to (data).
    I can't access most of the data on the computer without a password.
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