access - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  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.