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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But at what cost? Ripley’s, known for its archive of pop culture memorabilia, refuted Morrissette's allegations in a press release on June 16. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 Our resident recipe tester Julie Giuffrida explores the wonderful universe of eggplant from our archive of Times recipes. Daniel Hernandezfood Editor, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2022 One of my great joys as a journalist here is to spelunk into our physical archive in search of treasures like Asa Gray’s review. Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic, 11 July 2022 Celebrate Autism Awareness Month this year by browsing our extensive archive of programs that examines the changing nature of autism research. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 Pitrof said the letters will probably stay in an archive at the school’s Historical Collections Department; the storied system boasts one of the oldest medical schools in the country, as well as the world’s first dental school. Hayes Gardner, Washington Post, 9 July 2022 Pitrof said the letters will likely stay in an archive at the school’s Historical Collections Department; the storied system boasts one of the oldest medical schools in the country, as well as the world’s first dental school. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 5 July 2022 Luckily, it was rescued by a curious neighbor and eventually ended up in an archive. Laurie Marhoefer, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 June 2022 Some videos of shows featuring nudity in the archive are specially formatted so researchers can watch them, but cannot pause, rewind, or fast forward. Matt Stevens, New York Times, 1 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Historian Judith Downie is the curator of the Brewchive, a resource at California State University San Marcos that aims to archive the brewing history of San Diego County. Sara Butler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2022 Still, Ginsburg kept a film poster—signed by the cast and crew—in her chambers, which the Smithsonian will now archive. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Apr. 2022 The Louisville men's basketball team (11-10, 5-6) is looking for its first win since Chris Mack and the university parted ways and will have another chance to archive it against North Carolina on Tuesday. Reina Kempt, The Courier-Journal, 2 Feb. 2022 Should all of human civilization someday be obliterated by climate change, this bus-size steel vault will archive critical information about the planet’s weather patterns and our catastrophic climate errors. Outside Online, 28 Dec. 2021 Modern email services have trained us to archive everything. Abhishek Agrawal, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The university will organize and archive the materials for research and academic purposes, according to the announcement. Ed Enoch, al, 5 Nov. 2021 Many video platforms can archive presentations, seminars and meetings for future use or record events like multi-day conferences. Joe Mozden, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Milarch’s mission is to archive the genetics of ancient trees, breed them and replant them. Brian Melley, ajc, 2 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Archive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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

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

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