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 for archive

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 Roach details on Instagram that the blue puff sleeve look, which included a black skirt for a sleek finish, was from his personal archive. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Zendaya Dazzles In Vintage YSL Gown Owned By 'Ebony Fashion Fair' Founder Eunice Johnson," 23 Apr. 2021 Andrew delighted in the house archive during his tenure, collaging vintage scarf prints, for example, as well as reworking the house founder’s iconic shoe styles. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Paul Andrew Makes His Exit Amid Changes at Salvatore Ferragamo," 8 Apr. 2021 Among the potential sources of the personal data is China’s vast archive of likely billions of personal records its hackers stole over the past decade. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Suspected China Hack of Microsoft Shows Signs of Prior Reconnaissance," 7 Apr. 2021 Its archive is available on Spotify, Apple, and wherever else podcasts are found. Christian Holub,, "Game of Thrones is getting a monthlong 10th-anniversary celebration on HBO," 5 Apr. 2021 Our archive is filled with the zodiac, luck, astrology. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How 1970s Comic Books and Barbarella Inspired Van Cleef & Arpels' New High Jewelry Collection," 23 Mar. 2021 Bailey got the gig; Roth gave him the run of his archive, and the run of his memory. James Parker, The Atlantic, "The Relentless Philip Roth," 13 Mar. 2021 Check out our archive of our past 87 finalists at to avoid entering ones similar to those that have been featured in the past. Star Tribune, "The timer is ticking on Holiday Cookie Contest," 23 Sep. 2020 If these livestreams won’t work with your schedule, check out the museum’s archive of more than 50 webcasts covering such topics as mummy science, demystifying microbes and mineral transformations. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Eight Digital Education Resources From the Smithsonian," 17 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Amplify Utah -- which can be found at -- will showcase and archive all the stories, photos and videos from this project, which will be available for media outlets to publish for free. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utahns will soon see first stories from new project focused on diverse journalism," 19 Apr. 2021 To prevent foreign scientists from exploiting their living laboratories, some countries prohibit researchers from taking samples home, or require them to archive and store at least half of their collections in the host country. Wudan Yan, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Is Undoing Field Researchers’ Oldest Assumption," 7 Apr. 2021 To archive this moment in history through somewhat of a time capsule, the Glenview Public Library is collecting stories of the last year for a COVID-19 Memory Project. Kaitlin Edquist,, "Glenview library begins memory project to document COVID-19 pandemic experience: ‘Everyone has a story to tell’," 2 Apr. 2021 Starting in 2010, the Library of Congress worked with the company to archive every tweet, only to scale back to major events and figures due to sheer volume. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: Twitter is 15. How 140 characters unleashed a ‘firehose’ we can’t turn off," 24 Mar. 2021 The Cedar will archive this weekend's performances for future viewings. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "Cedar Commissions music series pulled 'in a lot of different directions' in 10th year," 1 Mar. 2021 With this active, your default Send button will now both send the email and archive the conversation at the same time. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, "The Best Gmail Settings You Might Not Have Used Yet," 6 Mar. 2021 For the first time, Benini is set to make that archive publicly accessible, both physically in Slam Jam’s home town of Ferrara, Italy, and virtually through, which will open on February 25. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "As He Opens His 30,000-Piece Archive, Slam Jam’s Luca Benini Shares His Personal Favorites," 23 Feb. 2021 The policy includes a provision that could allow authors to immediately archive a paper’s final version, not only the near-final one. Jeffrey Brainard, Science | AAAS, "Science journals to offer select authors open-access publishing for free," 15 Jan. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Archive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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