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noun ar·chive \ˈär-ˌkīv\

Simple Definition of archive

  • : a place in which public records or historical materials (such as documents) are kept; also : the material that is stored in an archive

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of archive

  1. 1 :  a place in which public records or historical documents are preserved; also :  the material preserved —often used in plural

  2. 2 :  a repository or collection especially of information

Examples of archive in a sentence

  1. an archive of historical manuscripts

  2. The original movie was stored in a film archive.

  3. He has been reading through the archives to research his article on the town's history.



Origin of archive

French & Latin; French, from Latin archivum, from Greek archeion government house (in plural, official documents), from archē rule, government — more at arch-


First Known Use: 1603


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archive

verb, ar·chive

Simple Definition of archive

  • : to collect and store materials (such as recordings, documents, or computer files) so that they can be found and used when they are needed

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of archive

archivedarchiving

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to file or collect in or as if in an archive <archive documents> <archived tissue samples>

Examples of archive in a sentence

  1. The organization was devoted to cataloging and archiving printed materials on the labor movement.

  2. She archived her e-mail messages in a folder on her hard drive.

  3. a collection of archived articles



1855

First Known Use of archive

1855


ARCHIVE Defined for Kids

archive

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noun ar·chive \ˈär-ˌkīv\

Definition of archive for Students

  1. :  a place in which public records or historical papers are saved





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