ar·​chive | \ ˈär-ˌkīv How to pronounce archive (audio) \

Definition of archive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a place in which public records or historical materials (such as documents) are preserved an archive of historical manuscripts a film archive also : the material preserved often used in plural reading through the archives
2 : a repository or collection especially of information


archived; archiving

Definition of archive (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to file or collect in or as if in an archive archive documents archived tissue samples

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of archive in a Sentence

Verb The organization was devoted to cataloging and archiving printed materials on the labor movement. She archived her e-mail messages in a folder on her hard drive. a collection of archived articles
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now, Regeneron is betting its chimeric mice can come through in 2019-nCoV. The process began last month, when scientists in China sequenced the virus and uploaded their findings to an open-source archive. Damian Garde, STAT, "In the race to develop a coronavirus treatment, Regeneron thinks it has the inside track," 5 Feb. 2020 Luckily, in her relatively short time as a working royal, Markle left us with an incredible archive of fashion looks to draw from. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "One of Meghan Markle’s Beloved Shirtdresses Is Finally Available to Buy," 5 Feb. 2020 Eventually the museum hopes to celebrate British sovereignty stretching back 2,000 years, including an archive for scholars and an outreach program to encourage euroskeptics in other EU countries. Max Colchester, WSJ, "You Thought Brexit Was Hard. Try Starting a Museum in Its Honor.," 26 Jan. 2020 By May 2011, Zone-H, an archive of defaced websites, had recorded 23,532 defacements by that group alone. Dorothy Denning, The Conversation, "How Iran’s military outsources its cyberthreat forces," 22 Jan. 2020 The network has since built up an unrivalled archive of political video, totalling more than a quarter million hours. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "What C-SPAN Can’t Show Us at the Impeachment Trial," 21 Jan. 2020 An fun archive find The legend has been repeated in the newsroom, and the rest of the city, for decades. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Year in Review: A daring fire recovery, an art forgery and The Flintstones house," 31 Dec. 2019 Marion Stokes tapes television 24 hours a day for over 30 years to create an archive. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Dec. 20-26," 20 Dec. 2019 Their state-of-the-art website is now also an archive for milestones past, immortalizing the text of many historical speeches. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "For the Royal Family, the 2010s Were a Decade of Seismic Change," 14 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This moving film offers archived footage of the late Winehouse and interviews from those close to her that paint a beautiful portrait of a legend gone too soon. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "7 Music Documentaries to Watch After You Finish Taylor Swift: Miss Americana," 31 Jan. 2020 But the images were archived by Yandex and still viewable. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Nude Child Photos and Other ‘Toxic Content’ Are on Giphy, Shared by Private Accounts Exploiting Loopholes, Researchers Say," 15 Nov. 2019 And those log books have been archived around the world. Charlie Brennan, The Denver Post, "Boulder scientists sharpen focus on past weather with eye to future," 13 Oct. 2019 Elliott also forced the Cambridge Internet content-delivery company Akamai Technologies to expand its stock buyback program last year, and in 2011 pressured the Boston data-archiving company Iron Mountain to restructure., "Harvard hires N.Y. developer for Allston project," 22 Dec. 2019 Shortz, like a lexicographer, makes the ultimate call on whether an entry is significant enough to include in a puzzle that people will still be solving in reprinted or archived form years after its initial run. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Crosswords Came of Age in the 2010s," 31 Dec. 2019 From Beyonce sporting a custom tie-dye Balmain dress at the Roc Nation Grammy’s brunch to Cardi B wearing archived Thierry Mugler the same weekend, these ladies set the tone for awards fashion in Q1. Nandi Howard, Essence, "A Few Of Our Favorite Celebrity Fashion Looks In 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 Instead, Gonzalez hones in on mostly inanimate objects—mountains of handwritten cards, drawings, paper cranes and other tiny mementos left behind and archived after some of the deadliest school massacres in the nation’s history. Time, "TIME's 30 Best Photobooks of 2019," 21 Dec. 2019 Tattooed into its skin are the scars of old wounds; archived in the molecules of the immune system are the traces of past infections. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "This Spiky Patch Could Invisibly Record Vaccination History Under Skin," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of archive


1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for archive

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of archive was in 1603

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17 Feb 2020

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“Archive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


ar·​chive | \ ˈär-ˌkīv How to pronounce archive (audio) \

Kids Definition of archive

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

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