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noun [uncountable] access pronunciation in American English /ˈækˌses/
  1. 1
    the right or opportunity to have or use something that will bring you benefits
    access to:

    Access to up-to-date financial information is important to our success.

    Only 40% of 5-year-olds have access to preschool education.

    gain access:

    Some groups still have difficulty gaining access to health care.

    1. a.
      the right to look at private information
      access to:

      Access to employees' records is restricted.

    2. b.
      permission to see and talk to an important person
      access to:

      She's one of a handful of aides with direct access to the president.

  2. 2
    the means by which you get to a place

    Access is by means of a door at the back of the stage.

    access to:

    An elevator provides access to the upper floors.

    There is easy access to the downtown area by subway.

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