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access

noun [U] uk   /ˈæk.ses/ us  

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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access noun [U] (RIGHT)

B1 the right or opportunity to use or look at something: The system has been designed to give the user quick and easy access to the required information. Hackers had/gained complete access to the company files.

access

verb [T] uk   /ˈæk.ses/ us  
B2 to open a computer file (= a collection of information stored on a computer) in order to look at or change information in it
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