Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “access”


noun [U]    /ˈæk·ses/
the method or way of approaching a place or person, or the right to use or look at something: Without an official pass, the guards will deny you access to (= will not let you enter) the courthouse. Access to something can also mean the opportunity or ability to use it: Many of the families do not have access to health care.
(Definition of access noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of access

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Arriving, entering and invading, but you might be interested in these topics from the Movement and location topic area:

More American English definitions for “access”

Definitions of “access” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


to direct the way that a ship, aircraft, etc. will travel, or to find a direction across, along, or over an area of water or land, often by using a map

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More