Access | IELTS Vocabulary


Access is a way of getting to someone or something.

  • Millions of people still do not have access to potable water.
  • How the thief gained access to the vault is a mystery.
  • He has access to some cabinet ministers.

Accessible (adjective)

If someone or something is accessible, they are available, reachable, attainable etc.

  • A politician must be accessible to people.
  • The professor was always accessible to his students.

Note that accessible ends in –ible.

Accessory (noun)

An accessory is an addition, attachment, extension or supplement.

  • The auditorium is a great accessory to the school.
  • The necklace makes a lovely accessory to your dress.

An accessory can also be an accomplice or partner in crime.

  • The police alleged that the gunman was an accessory in the bank robbery.

Access and excess

These words are often confused.

  • When you have access to something, you have a way of getting to it.

Excess is a surplus.

  • Exercise will take care of your excess weight.
  • If you have access to a computer and an internet connection, you can work as a freelancer.

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