November 1, 2014 - Word of the Day: access
A person who has access to someone or something can get it or reach it. This word is used for information, equipment, buildings, technology, etc.
- Who has access to your password?
- It's hard to gain access to the roof of the building.
- Do you have access to a computer?
- We need access to more data. (We need to get more information.)
- The people who live in that camp require access to clean drinking water.
This word can also be used as a verb:
- You can access the building through the rear entrance.
- They're trying to access services from the government.
- The company accessed new technology that will enable it to do more work with fewer workers.
- You can't access the highway from this road.
The road doesn't provide access to the highway.
The word "accessible" is an adjective:
- This information is accessible only to those who have a password.
- The fire escape is accessible through the window.
- The internet should be accessible to everyone.
- Newly constructed buildings in the United States are accessible to people in wheelchairs.
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