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[ak-ses] /ˈæk sɛs/
the ability, right, or permission to approach, enter, speak with, or use; admittance:
They have access to the files.
the state or quality of being approachable:
The house was difficult of access.
a way or means of approach:
The only access to the house was a rough dirt road.
Theology. approach to God through Jesus Christ.
an attack or onset, as of a disease.
a sudden and strong emotional outburst.
verb (used with object)
to make contact with or gain access to; be able to reach, approach, enter, etc.:
Bank customers can access their checking accounts instantly through the new electronic system.
Computers. to locate (data) for transfer from one part of a computer system to another, generally between an external storage device and main storage.
Television. (of programming, time, etc.) available to the public:
Six channels now offer access services.
Origin of access
1275-1325; Middle English accesse (< Old French acces) < Latin accessus an approach, equivalent to acced-, variant stem of accēdere to accede + -tus suffix of v. action
Related forms
preaccess, noun
Can be confused
access, assess, excess. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for accessed
  • But some of the best are nameless coves accessed only by boat.
  • accessed from the garage, the mudroom serves as the family's entrance.
  • The reserve is accessed via a boardwalk that runs through it.
  • Digital technologies are changing both how library materials are accessed and increasingly how library materials are preserved.
  • The report is behind a paywall, although an earlier, free version of the paper can be accessed here.
  • In theory this is to provide retirement income, but in practice the age at which the money may be accessed has been rolled back.
  • Much of the collection can be accessed electronically, while touring exhibitions make its treasures accessible all over the world.
  • Traditionally, bookmarks are stored within a web browser on a computer, and can only be accessed from that particular computer.
  • Many services and some programs are accessed online.
  • All of it is accessed through an icon and text based interface that requires you to scan through each item.
British Dictionary definitions for accessed


the act of approaching or entering
the condition of allowing entry, esp (of a building or room) allowing entry by wheelchairs, prams, etc
the right or privilege to approach, reach, enter, or make use of something
a way or means of approach or entry
the opportunity or right to see or approach someone: she fights for divorce and free access to her children
(modifier) designating programmes made by the general public as distinguished from those made by professional broadcasters: access television
a sudden outburst or attack, as of rage or disease
to gain access to; make accessible or available
(transitive) (computing)
  1. to obtain or retrieve (information) from a storage device
  2. to place (information) in a storage device See also direct access, sequential access
Word Origin
C14: from Old French or from Latin accessus an approach, from accēdere to accede
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Word Origin and History for accessed



early 14c., "an attack of fever," from Old French acces "onslaught, attack; onset (of an illness)" (14c.), from Latin accessus "a coming to, an approach," noun use of past participle of accedere "approach" (see accede). The later senses are directly from Latin. Meaning "an entrance" is from c.1600. Meaning "habit or power of getting into the presence of (someone or something)" is from late 14c.


1962, originally in computing, from access (n.). Related: Accessed; accessing.

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accessed in Medicine

access ac·cess (āk'sěs)

  1. A means of approaching, entering, exiting, or making use of; passage.

  2. The space required to view a tooth and manipulate dental instruments to remove decay and prepare the tooth for restoration.

  3. The opening in the crown of a tooth necessary to allow adequate admittance to the pulp space to clean, shape, and seal the root canal.

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