Meaning of “accessible” in the English Dictionary

"accessible" in British English

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uk /əkˈses.ə.bəl/ us /əkˈses.ə.bəl/

B2 able to be reached or easily got:

The resort is easily accessible by road, rail, and air.
The problem with some of these drugs is that they are so very accessible.

C2 easy to understand:

Lea Anderson is a choreographer who believes in making dance accessible.
Covent Garden has made some attempt to make opera accessible to a wider public.

More examples

  • The annotation of literary texts makes them more accessible.
  • The village is isolated and accessible only by helicopter.
  • Many smaller villages are only accessible by bus.
  • All parts of the museum are accessible to wheelchairs.
  • The book has succeeded in making philosophy accessible to a wider audience.
noun [ U ] uk /əkˌses.əˈbɪl.ə.ti/ us /əkˌses.əˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/

Two new roads are being built to increase accessibility to the town centre.
The accessibility of her plays means that she is able to reach a wide audience.

(Definition of “accessible” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"accessible" in American English

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us /ɪkˈses·ə·bəl, æk-/

possible to approach, enter, or use:

The island is accessible only by ferry.
Public areas and buildings are now more accessible to people with disabilities.
By using more illustrations, he made the magazine more accessible to the public (= easier to understand).

(Definition of “accessible” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"accessible" in Business English

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uk /əkˈsesəbl/ us

able to be easily got or used:

be accessible to sb The website is accessible to all users.

able to be reached or entered:

The studios are fully accessible to people with disabilities.
Our building is wheelchair accessible.
to be accessible by car/road/public transport

easy to understand:

The material is accessible and does not require specialist knowledge.

if a person is accessible, they are willing to see people and are friendly and easy to talk to:

You will find all our staff friendly and accessible.


(Definition of “accessible” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)