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 this personal archive will live on: His family is donating it to the National Comedy Center so that current fans and future generations can appreciate the breadth of his accomplishments. Dave Itzkoff, Star Tribune, "Carl Reiner's archives donated to comedy center," 2 Apr. 2021 Here’s Dave Lieber’s archive of stories going back to 2014 Join Dave Lieber and learn to be a super-consumer. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "How to protest your 2021 Texas property tax appraisal, why you should and what’s new this year," 2 Apr. 2021 The library will also work to de-grime the dirt and dust that’s accumulated over the archive’s history., "A new fellowship for Black writers at GrubStreet, a Joy Harjo visit to Harvard, and new work at the archives in the Boston Public Library," 1 Apr. 2021 To that end, certain identifying details for plants and recipes are omitted from the archive. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "How a New Digital Archive Preserves—and Protects—Indigenous Folk Medicine," 31 Mar. 2021 The following year, Wylie got the university to close the papers, and Taylor himself was unsure when, or if, Princeton would reopen the archive. New York Times, "Philip Roth Was His Own Favorite Subject. What’s Left for a Biographer?," 30 Mar. 2021 The archive currently contains 3,300 documents totaling more than 131,000 pages in six collections generated by opioid litigation. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Universities launch opioid litigation archive to ‘ensure history doesn’t repeat itself’," 24 Mar. 2021 The archive contains around 131,000 pages of documents in total. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, "UCSF, Johns Hopkins release trove of documents shining light on opioid crisis," 24 Mar. 2021 Cantor dips into Tharp’s remarkably complete film archive for glimpses of her earliest explorations of minimalism with a group of female dancers that included Sheela Raj, Theresa Dickinson, Rose Marie Wright and Sara Rudner. Washington Post, "There’s no stopping Twyla Tharp, even as she approaches 80," 18 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The ability to record on external media is a big plus for those who like to archive their recordings. Star Tribune, "Sound Advice: TV antenna use doesn't rule out adding a DVR," 29 Jan. 2021 In the days and hours before that shutdown, a group of hackers scrambled to download and archive the site, uploading dozens of terabytes of Parler data to the Internet Archive. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "An Absurdly Basic Bug Let Anyone Grab All of Parler's Data," 12 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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6 Apr 2021

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“Archive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 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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