Most libraries provide computers you can use to access the Internet. If chemicals are being stolen from a lab, you might ask who has access to the lab. Access is approaching or making use of something, or the ability to do so

Sometimes the word is applied to a person. If you work in the same room as your boss, you might have easy access to her. A really good boss will work hard to make herself accessible to her employees. Access is from Middle English, from Middle French acces “arrival,” from Latin accessus “an approach,” from accedere “to approach.”

Definitions of access
  1. noun

    the right to enter

    accession, admission, admittance, entree
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    anything providing a means of access (or escape)
    open door

    freedom of access
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    an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature

  2. noun

    the act of approaching or entering

    “he gained
    access to the building”
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    back door, backdoor

    a secret or underhand means of access (to a place or a position)
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    approach, approaching, coming

    the act of drawing spatially closer to something

  3. noun

    a way of entering or leaving

    “he took a wrong turn on the
    access to the bridge”
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    entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway

    something that provides access (to get in or get out)
    arch, archway

    a passageway under a curved masonry construction
    door, doorway, room access, threshold

    the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close

    an entrance that can be closed by a gate
    hatchway, opening, scuttle

    an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship

    the entrance to a coal mine

    a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically)

    a carriage entrance passing through a building to an enclosed courtyard
    servant’s entrance, service door, service entrance

    an entrance intended for the use of servants or for delivery of goods and removal of refuse
    stage door

    an entrance to the backstage area of theater; used by performers and other theater personnel

    an entrance to an amphitheater or stadium
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    any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another

  4. verb

    reach or gain access to

    “How does one
    access the attic in this house?”
    get at
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    arrive at, attain, gain, hit, make, reach

    reach a destination, either real or abstract

  5. noun

    the right to obtain or make use of or take advantage of something (as services or membership)

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    an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature

  6. noun

    a code (a series of characters or digits) that must be entered in some way (typed or dialed or spoken) to get the use of something (a telephone line or a computer or a local area network etc.)

    access code
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    back door, backdoor

    an undocumented way to get access to a computer system or the data it contains
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    a coding system used for transmitting messages requiring brevity or secrecy

  7. noun

    (computer science) the operation of reading or writing stored information

    memory access
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    disk access

    memory access to the computer disk on which information is stored
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    (computer science) data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule (especially the processing that results from a single instruction)

  8. verb

    obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer

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    access or locate by address
    log in, log on, log-in

    enter a computer
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    find, recover, regain, retrieve

    get or find back; recover the use of

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