ar·chive | \ˈär-ˌkīv \

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


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

Sources: Society for American Baseball Research, USA Today, Sporting News, Tribune archives,, Chris Boghossian,, "Chicago ties run deep in original 'Home Run Derby,' a short-lived TV show at (the other) Wrigley Field," 13 July 2018 According to Elbakyan, the complete archive has been copied many times. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018 Eight of Poland’s 84 active Supreme Court judges—55 after subtracting those facing dismissal—tried cases during Poland’s Communist era of military rule, local private broadcaster TVN found, referencing historical archives. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Poland Steps Up Supreme Court Purge," 13 July 2018 This show gathers elements from that archive as well as video works by a range of Los Angeles artists, including Jim Shaw, Susan Mogul and Reza Abdoh. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 Photos are from the Center for Sacramento History - taken by Bee photographers - and the Caltrans archives. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "Sacramento drivers are among worst in U.S., study says. Why ‘things are looking up’," 12 July 2018 Here are the Boilers' top 10 career scorers in men's basketball, with coverage from the IndyStar archives (Statistics from College Basketball Reference): 1. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Here are Purdue basketball's top 10 career scorers," 10 July 2018 From the Enquirer archives, Kevin Flynn talks about his daily life and undergoing physical therapy to one day walk again. Jason Williams,, "PX column: As always, Kevin Flynn keeps his word, rises out of wheelchair at daughter's wedding," 9 July 2018 Curator Christina Riggs, a professor at the University of East Anglia, is the first individual to study the visual archive in its entirety. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Rare Photographs Put Focus on Egyptians Who Worked Alongside Carter to Excavate Tutankhamun’s Tomb," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

A few minutes later, a dispatcher reported receiving an incomplete call from Dave Street, according to police radio archived by the police radio website Broadcastify. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Man who pointed gun at Sacramento deputies likely mistook them for a neighbor, authorities say," 5 June 2018 Interviews and archived research depict a good-hearted, complex man who struggled emotionally but entertained brilliantly. Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "10 best books of May: the Monitor's picks," 9 May 2018 The following year, the Palmers joined in the volunteer efforts, helping to rediscover and archive the names of people buried there more than a century ago. Washington Post, "Virginians work to breathe life into black cemeteries," 7 May 2018 Sci-Hub then archived the article with LibGen, to fulfill any subsequent requests. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018 To date, nearly 600 zines are in the online database, and 2,500 or so are archived in filing cabinets in the studio apartment. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The largest independent LGBTQ zine collection is stored in a Riverwest basement, and you can see some of it online," 9 July 2018 Other clues can be gleaned from agencies' experiences during the 16-day shutdown in October 2013 (see our complete, archived coverage), their current shutdown plans and reporting by Nature's US news staff. Lauren Morello, Scientific American, "What a U.S. Government Shutdown Would Mean for Science," 18 Jan. 2018 Aaron's lasting impact throughout the telecast will feature interviews and sound bites from former teammates Ralph Garr, Billy Williams, and Dusty Baker, plus Willie Mays and archived comments from Muhammad Ali and Mickey Mantle. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "ESPN will highlight Hank Aaron for Tuesday's national baseball telecast," 12 June 2018 The Arch Foundation already has experience with sending archived text into space. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Arch Foundation’s first step toward building a Lunar Library," 15 May 2018

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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


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


see archive entry 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of archive

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

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