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

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

    gain access:

    Some groups still have difficulty gaining access to health care.

    1. 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. c.
      the legal right to visit your children after you are divorced
  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:

    A lift provides access to the upper floors.

    There is easy access to the countryside by rail.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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