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noun [uncountable] access pronunciation in American English /ˈækˌses/
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  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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