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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun access:


The word access and its family (accessed, accesses, accessibility, accessible, accessing, inaccessible) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun access

What does access mean as a name of something?

Access is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: accesses

  1. the right to enter
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of access: accession / admission / admittance / entree
    • more generic word: right = an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature
    • more specific word: door = anything providing a means of access
  2. the right to obtain or make use of or take advantage of something (as services or membership)
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: right = an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature
  3. a way of entering or leaving
    • example: he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of access: approach
    • more generic word: way = any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another
    • more specific words: entranceway / entrance / entryway / entree / entry = something that provides access
  4. 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.)
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of access: access code
    • more generic word: code = a coding system used for transmitting messages requiring brevity or secrecy
    • more specific terms: back door / backdoor = an undocumented way to get access to a computer system or the data it contains
  5. (computer science) the operation of reading or writing stored information
  6. the act of approaching or entering
    • example: he gained access to the building
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: approach / approaching / coming = the act of drawing spatially closer to something
    • more specific terms: back door / backdoor = a secret or underhand means of access

Alternative definition of the noun access


  1. [uncountable] A way or means of approaching or entering; an entrance; a passage.
  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] Admission to sexual intercourse.
  5. [countable] An increase by addition; accession; as, an 'access' of territory.
  6. [countable] An onset, attack, or fit of disease; an ague fit.
  7. [countable] An outburst of an emotion; a paroxysm; a fit of passion; as, an 'access' of fury.
  8. [uncountable] [legal] The right of a non-custodial parent to visit their child.
  9. [uncountable] [computing] The process of locating data in memory.
  10. [uncountable] [internet] Connection to or communication with a computer program or to the Internet.

Specialised definition of the noun access

Glossary of sports

the easy availability of public sports facilities (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb access

What does access mean as a doing word?

Access is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: accessed | accessing | accesses

  1. obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer
  2. reach or gain access to
    • example: How does one access the attic in this house?
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of access: get at
    • more generic terms: arrive at / attain / gain / hit / make / reach = reach a destination, either real or abstract

Alternative definition of the verb access


  1. [transitive] To gain or obtain access to.
  2. [transitive] [computing] To have access to (data).


  1. Access CO., LTD., founded in April 1979 and incorporated in February 1984 in Tokyo, Japan, by Arakawa Toru and Kamada Tomihisa, is a company providing a variety of software for connected and mobile devices, such as mobile phones, PDAs, video game consoles and set top boxes.
  2. Access was a British and Irish credit card brand used by three of the big four UK banks plus a couple of other banks between 1972 and 1996. It was established by a consortium of banks in the UK to rival the already established Barclaycard. It became defunct in 1996 when it was taken over by Mastercard.


Who is Access?

access is a Japanese pop group. Its members are Daisuke Asakura and Hiroyuki Takami. Asakura is the primary composer/producer and featured keyboardist while Takami is the vocalist. Takami also writes a major portion of Access' lyrics. Access is signed with Darwin Records, Asakura's private label. The name "access" is stylized in lowercase letters.

  • also known as AXS
  • members:
  • genres: J-pop, Pop music, Power pop, Synthpop, Electropop
  • albums: "Naked Desire", "Moonshine Dance", "Misty Heartbreak", "Delicate Planet", "Crossbridge", "ACCESS II", "FAST ACCESS", "AXS SINGLE TRACKS", "DRASTIC MERMAID", "EDGE", "DRASTIC MERMAID Re-SYNC STYLE", "JEWELRY ANGEL", "MISTY HEARTBREAK Re-SYNC STYLE", "Only the love survive", "REAL AT NIGHT ~眠れぬ夜の向こうに~", "Re-sync GHOST", "Rippin' GHOST", "SCANDALOUS BLUE", "SEQUENCE MEDITATION~超電導思考回路", "SCANDALOUS BLUE Re-SYNC STYLE", "SWEET SILENCE", "TEAR'S LIBERATION", "TRY AGAIN", "TEAR'S LIBERATION Re-SYNC STYLE", "Virgin Emotion", "Access LIVE ONES SYNC-ACROSS JAPAN TOUR '93~'94", "Access LIVE ZEROS SYNC-ACROSS JAPAN TOUR '93~'94", "Access REMIX BEST TRACKS", "Diamond cycle", "夢を見たいから", "Doubt & Trust ~ダウト&トラスト~", "Access best selection", "瞳ノ翼", "Higher Than Dark Sky", "Binary engine", "Secret Cluster", "Dream Runner"
  • official website:


Access is a fictional character owned by both DC Comics and Marvel Comics. He made his first appearance in DC vs. Marvel #1, a special crossover between the two companies. He was created as both a way to explain the events of the story as well as a means to enable future intercompany crossovers.


  1. "Access" is a composition.
  2. "Access" is a musical single of Tim Hoogesteger & DJ Misjah.
    • released on (18 years ago)
  3. "Access" is a musical single of SPY.
    • released on (15 years ago)
  4. "Access" is a musical EP of DJ Misjah & DJ Tim.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  5. "Access" is a musical EP of Your Dying Truth.
    • released in (7 years ago)


  1. Access is a catalytic process that enables interactions, contact and exchanges among people, businesses and nations. An analytical framework to define the drivers and benefits of Access and to quantify the impact of Access on economic growth and personal well-being was created in 2006 by the Center for Science, Technology, and Economic Development at SRI International in its study, “The Power of Access”. As outlined in the study, the Access framework consists of the Access Model, which expresses the function of Access as an econometric equation; the “Access Cycle”; and the "Access Index," which ranks 75 nations based on their performance in 22 metrics, including transportation infrastructure; telecommunications networks; trade policy; and news, media and information services.
  2. ACCESS is the youth network of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, a non-government institution dealing with all aspects of Australia's foreign relations and international affairs.
  3. Access was a Canadian Community television series which aired on CBC Television from 1974 to 1982, except 1981.
    • begun on and completed on (32 years ago)
    • country: Canada
  4. Access is a 2013 Telly Award winning ad, created for Becks Hybrids.
    • award:
      • People's Telly Award for Internet/Online Commercial - Commercial or Mktg. Piece, received by Becks Hybrids
      • Telly Award for Branded Content Online Video - Commercials, received by Becks Hybrids

Phrases with Access

Phrases starting with the word Access:

  1. access code
  2. access road
  3. access time
  4. Access Point
  5. Access token
  6. Access control
  7. Access modifier
  8. Access Specifier
  9. Access control list

Phrases ending with the word Access:

  1. de-access
  2. disk access
  3. room access
  4. memory access
  5. Public access
  6. Random access
  7. Random-Access
  8. Remote Access
  9. Read-Only Access

Other phrases containing the word Access:

  1. Data Access Object
  2. Rogue access point

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Access

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Google previewLegitimizing Scientific Knowledge (2003)

An Introduction to Steve Fuller's Social Epistemology by Francis Remedios

Fuller notes that in the inside out strategy "there is no sense that epistemic access is a scarce good, with one agent's access to...

Google previewHandbook of Research on Strategic Developments and Regulatory Practice in Global Finance (2014)

by Olgu, Özlem

The most significant reason behind this anticipation is the notion that financial access is a prerequisite to financial size.



Today transmission open access is the key to a free and fair electricity market.

Google previewWiley CIAexcel Exam Review 2015 Focus Notes, Part 3 (2015)

Internal Audit Knowledge Elements by S. Rao Vallabhaneni

Local access is any access to an organizational information system by a user (or process acting on behalf of a user)...

Google previewInteractive Group Therapy (2013)

Integrating, Interpersonal, Action-Orientated and Psychodynamic Approaches by Jay Earley

Access refers to uncovering material buried in the psyche, including feelings, beliefs, impulses, values, and memories. The leader...

Ideally, access is a unitary phenomenon, involving both affect and insight into an issue and its origins. Access ...

Google previewUnderstanding Disability (2005)

Inclusion, Access, Diversity, and Civil Rights by Paul T. Jaeger, Cynthia Ann Bowman

Access is a multifaceted concept with impacts on every part of daily life. For individuals with disabilities, access can best be understood as the right to participate equally in ways that are not constrained by physical or mental limitations.

Google previewDiscovering the Internet: Brief (2011)

by Gary B. Shelly, Jennifer Campbell

Dial-up access is the slowest connection option, with a maximum speed of 56.6 Kbps. Dial-up access works just like a...

A high—speed alternative to dial—up access is a digital subscriber line (DSL).

Google previewAtlas of Operative Procedures in Surgical Oncology (2014)

by Constantine P. Karakousis

Long-term central venous access is an essential technique in surgical oncology, required either for hyperalimentation of a...

The most common method of central venous access is the percutaneous puncture of the subclavian vein and the ...

Google previewAccess 2013 Absolute Beginner's Guide (2013)

by Alison Balter

Access is a wonderful tool to manage any type of data. As you learned in the chapter, you can use it for anything from managing your exercise history to gathering data over the Internet. Access databases are composed of tables and other ...

Google previewDigital Literacy For Dummies (2014)

by Faithe Wempen

Microsoft Access is a better choice when you have multiple tables of data and when you need to sort and manipulate that data in several different ways. In this chapter, you discover some basics about databases, and you find out how to use ...

Google previewTeach Yourself Advanced Office 2013 - Third Edition (2013)

by Paul Buggs

Microsoft Access is a Database management system that combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface and software- development tools. Access is a member ofthe Microsoft Office Suite of applications, ...

Google previewRutherford's Vascular Surgery (2014)

by Jack L. Cronenwett, K. Wayne Johnston

hemodialysis access is an important step in the management of patients with...

Dialysis access is a lifeline for ESRD patients, so access maturation and continued function are critical for these patients' overall ...

Google previewDigital Prohibition (2012)

Piracy and Authorship in New Media Art by Carolyn Guertin

Random access is the creative mode that makes the piecework, the reorganization of bits that is sampling, possible. Sampling...

Google previewEarly Child Education (2012)

Making Programs Work for Brazil's Most Important Generation by David Evans, Katrina Kosec

Note: Creche access is the enrollment rate in schools for children aged 0—3. Pre -school access is the enrollment rate in schools for children aged 4—5. Figure 2: ECE access by income quintile 0—3 children in. xii Executive Summary Figures ...

Google previewThe Froehlich/Kent Encyclopedia of Telecommunications (1990)

Volume 1 - Access Charges in the U.S.A. to Basics of Digital Communications by Fritz E. Froehlich, Allen Kent

Volume 1 - Access Charges in the U.S.A. to Basics of Digital Communications Fritz E. Froehlich, Allen Kent...

Google previewDictionary of Information Science and Technology (2012)

by Mehdi Khosrowpour

Generally Access grid nodes are specifically equipped rooms. Desktop applications are also sometimes used where specifications allow this for individual users. (Allan & Thorns; 2009) Access Latency: the time that elapses from when a node ...

Google previewCommunications Standard Dictionary (2012)

by Martin H. Weik

access list 9 system to authorized users. 3. The regulation of the use of a system or device, such as a computer, communication system, or storage device, by a person, software, or hardware, such that use is denied when the use is not ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science (1999)

Volume 64 - Supplement 27 - Access Versus Ownership to Word Formation in Language and Computation by Allen Kent

Volume 64 - Supplement 27 - Access Versus Ownership to Word Formation in Language and Computation Allen Kent. 30.

Google previewDictionary of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology (2000)

by Philip A. Laplante

access time acceptance testing formal testing conducted to determine whether a system satisfies its acceptance criteria and thus whether the customer should accept the system. accepting state any state in an automaton which is designated ...

Google previewLinux Dictionary

by Binh Nguyen

html access check user's ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Information Technology and Security (2007)

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY: Established computer networks and online guidelines for health care facility or medical data control and user protocol; access authorization. ACCESS: To allow computer, server, or network use, manipulation, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Geography (2010)

by Barney Warf

resource access is embedded in a broader study of human-resource relationships that also considers resource availability and the resource use practices of humans. For example, applied research and development planning regarding food ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Family Health (2011)

by Martha Craft-Rosenberg, Shelley-Rae Pehler

In response to the pressing need for eliminating health disparities, improving access to care in the United States has been a critical policy issue since the early 1980s. Numerous studies about the differential health service accessibility and ...

Google previewWebster's New World Hacker Dictionary (2006)

by Bernadette Schell, Clemens Martin

Accountability example, a system administrator can configure firewalls to allow access to different parts of the computer network for different users.The ACL, therefore, would include the list of Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses having authorized ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Elder Care (2007)

The Comprehensive Resource on Geriatric and Social Care, Second Edition by Eugenia L. Siegler, MD, FACP, Elizabeth Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN, Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN

The social responsibility to provide essential health and social services relies on equitable access to care. Growing demands on the health care system are predicated on the development of new technologies related to the detection and ...

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Quotes about Access

Anthropology is the only discipline that can access evidence about the entire human experience on this planet. (Michael Brian Schiffer)
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The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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