Etymology
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access (n.)

early 14c., "an attack of fever," from Old French acces "onslaught, attack; onset (of an illness)," from Latin accessus "a coming to, an approach; way of approach, entrance," noun use of past participle of accedere "to approach," from assimilated form of ad "to" (see ad-) + cedere "go, move, withdraw" (from PIE root *ked- "to go, yield"). The English sense of "an entrance" (c. 1600) is directly from Latin. The meaning "habit or power of getting into the presence of (someone or something)" is from late 14c.

Origin and meaning of access

access (v.)

"gain access to, be able to use," 1962, originally in computing, from access (n.). Related: Accessed; accessing.

updated on September 13, 2022

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Definitions of access from WordNet
1
access (n.)
the right to enter;
access (n.)
the right to obtain or make use of or take advantage of something (as services or membership);
access (n.)
a way of entering or leaving;
he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge
Synonyms: approach
access (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
access (n.)
(computer science) the operation of reading or writing stored information;
Synonyms: memory access
access (n.)
the act of approaching or entering;
he gained access to the building
2
access (v.)
obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer;
access (v.)
reach or gain access to;
How does one access the attic in this house?
Synonyms: get at
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