access

Most libraries provide computers you can use to access the Internet. If chemicals are being stolen from a lab, you might ask who has access to the lab. Access is approaching or making use of something, or the ability to do so

Sometimes the word is applied to a person. If you work in the same room as your boss, you might have easy access to her. A really good boss will work hard to make herself accessible to her employees. Access is from Middle English, from Middle French acces "arrival," from Latin accessus "an approach," from accedere "to approach."

Primary Meanings of access

1.
nv
the right to enter
reach or gain access to
2.
n
the right to obtain or make use of or take advantage of something (as services or membership)
3.
nv
(computer science) the operation of reading or writing stored information
obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer
Full Definitions of access
1

n the right to enter

Synonyms:
accession, admission, admittance, entree
Types:
door
anything providing a means of access (or escape)
open door
freedom of access
Type of:
right
an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature

n the act of approaching or entering

“he gained access to the building”
Types:
back door, backdoor
a secret or underhand means of access (to a place or a position)
Type of:
approach, approaching, coming
the act of drawing spatially closer to something

n a way of entering or leaving

“he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge”
Synonyms:
approach
Types:
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entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway
something that provides access (to get in or get out)
arch, archway
a passageway under a curved masonry construction
door, doorway, room access, threshold
the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close
gateway
an entrance that can be closed by a gate
hatchway, opening, scuttle
an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
pithead
the entrance to a coal mine
portal
a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically)
porte-cochere
a carriage entrance passing through a building to an enclosed courtyard
servant's entrance, service door, service entrance
an entrance intended for the use of servants or for delivery of goods and removal of refuse
stage door
an entrance to the backstage area of theater; used by performers and other theater personnel
vomitory
an entrance to an amphitheater or stadium
Type of:
way
any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another

v reach or gain access to

“How does one access the attic in this house?”
Synonyms:
get at
Type of:
arrive at, attain, gain, hit, make, reach
reach a destination, either real or abstract
2

n the right to obtain or make use of or take advantage of something (as services or membership)

Type of:
right
an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature

n a code (a series of characters or digits) that must be entered in some way (typed or dialed or spoken) to get the use of something (a telephone line or a computer or a local area network etc.)

Synonyms:
access code
Types:
back door, backdoor
an undocumented way to get access to a computer system or the data it contains
Type of:
code
a coding system used for transmitting messages requiring brevity or secrecy
3

n (computer science) the operation of reading or writing stored information

Synonyms:
memory access
Types:
disk access
memory access to the computer disk on which information is stored
Type of:
operation
(computer science) data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule (especially the processing that results from a single instruction)

v obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer

Types:
address
access or locate by address
log in, log on, log-in
enter a computer
Type of:
find, recover, regain, retrieve
get or find back; recover the use of

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