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"access" in British English

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accessnoun [U]

uk   /ˈæk.ses/  us   /ˈæk.ses/
  • access noun [U] (GETTING NEAR)

B1 the method or possibility of getting near to a place or person: The only access to the village is by boat. The main access to (= entrance to) the building is at the side. The children's father was refused access to them at any time (= refused official permission to see them).

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accessverb [T]

uk   /ˈæk.ses/  us   /ˈæk.ses/
(Definition of access from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"access" in American English

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accessnoun [U]

 us   /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.

accessverb [T]

 us   /ˈæk·ses/
to get information, esp. when using a computer: People now can access information from the Internet as never before.
(Definition of access from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"access" in Business English

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accessnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈækses/
the right or opportunity to use or receive something: get/have/provide access to sth Community radio stations have access to public funding. Everyone is entitled to fair access to employment.
the right or ability to look at documents and information: allow/grant/give sb access to sth She was granted access to the official archives.gain access to sth You can gain access to your records via this website.deny/restrict access to sth They planned to restrict access to their website content with the use of a subscription system. Merchants have online access to their product data. Auditors have unrestricted access to all records.
IT the ability to use a system such as the internet, or the way in which you can do this: access to sth Do you have access to the internet? Business travellers expect free internet access. broadband/wireless access
the method or possibility of getting to or entering a place: access to sth The site has easy access to the motorway. The premises are equipped for disabled access.
COMMERCE the right or ability to buy and sell goods in a particular country or market: access to sth Our website gives us access to global markets.
BANKING the right to use a bank account, or to remove money from a bank account or an investment: access to sth Some accounts allow instant access to your savings.
LAW the legal right to see your child or children, or other family member, especially after a divorce: access to sb Many fathers go to court to seek access to their children.

accessverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈækses/
IT to open a computer file or to use a computer system such as the internet: Many users now access the internet via their mobile phones. I can access my email remotely.
BANKING to look at a bank account, and be able to move money into or out of it: You can access your account online or by phone.
to be able to get or use something, especially a service: We advise staff on how to access appropriate training.
(Definition of access from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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