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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 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 ...



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 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.

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 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 previewMastering Windows Made Easy (2007)

Vista & XP Editions by TeachUcomp

Access is a multi-featured database program in which you can create powerful databases that can store related data for...

Access is an excellent program, as the skills you learn can save valuable time and money by automating, organizing ...

Google previewSocial Justice in Group Work (2013)

Practical Interventions for Change by Anneliese A. Singh, Carmen F. Salazar

ACCESS is a five-session group, career counseling program.

Google previewHTML, XHTML and CSS All-In-One For Dummies (2010)

by Andy Harris

MS Access is the entry-level database system installed with most versions of Microsoft Office. While Access is a good tool for playing with data design, it has some well-documented problems handling the large number of requests typical of a ...

Google previewAdvances in Computer, Communication, Control and Automation (2011)

by Yanwen Wu

Random access is the necessary process in the establishment wireless link between the UE and the network, the performance of the...

Google previewEconomics of Environmental Conservation (2005)

by Clement Allan Tisdell

While it may be optimal to reduce the resource or stock of water in an underground supply or in a common pool, this will not occur at an optimal rate if free access is the case. Both in developed and less developed countries policy- makers have ...

Google previewNetwork Strategy (2008)

by Joel Baum, Tim Rowley

Direct access refers to structural holes in the immediate network of a manager's colleagues, or an industry's suppliers and customers. Indirect access refers to structural holes between friends of friends, in the networks around colleagues, ...

Google previewThe HTML & ASP Handbook (2005)

by Gary Richardson

Microsoft Access is the baby of all databases used in web design.

Now because Access is a Microsoft application and is designed only to run on Windows, Access driven sites must be done on a Windows based server which generally mean ...

Google previewNetwork Dictionary (2007)

by Javvin Www Networkdictionary Com, Jielin Dong

Telecom Broadband Internet Access is a high data-transmission rate Internet connection.

Google previewRural Water Management in Africa: The Impact of Customary Institutions in Tanzania

Equitable water access refers to a fair and just water access among the population. Equitable water access is a prerequisite ...

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 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 previewHIMSS Dictionary of Health Information Technology Terms, Acronyms, and Organizations, Fourth Edition (2017)

by Himss,

Access: The ability and means to communicate with or otherwise interact with a system, to use system resources to handle information, to gain knowledge of the information the system contains, or to control system ...

Google previewFocal Illustrated Dictionary of Telecommunications (2013)

by Xerxes Mazda, Fraidoon Mazda

DAA: Data Access Arrangement. DAC: Digital to Analogue Converter. DAB: Digital Audio Broadcasting. DACS: Digital Access and Cross-connect System. daisy chain: Connecting devices together on a network such that signals pass from one ...

Google previewThe Routledge Encyclopaedia of UK Education, Training and Employment (2013)

From the Earliest Statutes to the Present Day by John P. Wilson

ACCESS FUNDS Further education institutions administered access ...

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Quotes about Access

But eventually it's a question of access: Getting access to fields is on top of the oil companies' agenda. We see a substantial build-up of supply occurring over the coming years. (Daniel Yergin)
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Scrabble value of A1C3C3E1S1S1

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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