Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
  Show Word Combinations
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
access

ac·cess

access

 
 
pronunciation:
aek ses
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a way of approaching or entering a place.
Access to the castle was over a drawbridge and through heavy gates.
 
synonyms:
approach, entrance, entranceway, entry, way
antonyms:
egress, outlet
similar words:
adit, avenue, course, highway, ingress, inlet, passage, road, route, street
definition 2: authorization or ability to enter, look at, or use something.
She has access to our offices and records.How did the thief gain access to the premises?Some students do not have easy access to a computer outside of school.
synonyms:
admittance
antonyms:
egress
similar words:
admission, entrée, entrance, passage
definition 3: the characteristic of being able to be reached.
Access to the school is excellent by train.
synonyms:
accessibility, approachability, entry
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: accessed, accesses, accessing
definition 1: to obtain access to.
The firefighters accessed the upper floors via the roof.
synonyms:
enter, reach
definition 2: to retrieve (information) from a computer.
Your computer is useless unless you know how to access the information it stores.
synonyms:
retrieve
similar words:
acquire, gain, get, obtain
Word Parts
The word access contains the following parts:
ac- Latin prefix that means to, toward
Show wordsHide wordsMore about this word part:
The prefix ac- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before Latin roots beginning with hard or soft "c" or "q." See ad-.
ced, ces, -ceed, -cede, -cess Latin root that means to go; to go back or yield