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

Their enthusiasm sent Beckermann into the archives of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, as well as the BBC and American television networks. Jessica Zack,, "Unflinching looks at Austria’s past, Kurt Waldheim at Jewish Film Festival," 10 July 2018 The Straight Dope archive – some 3,400 columns, most written by me, the balance by the Straight Dope Science Advisory Board, my online auxiliary – will remain accessible at Cecil Adams, Chicago Reader, "The final Straight Dope—as we know it," 27 June 2018 For more than a decade, the U.S. had researchers boring into the Russian archives. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "The pilot was shot down, assumed dead. Then, his family heard about the Russians.," 15 June 2018 The archive of a newspaper that’s more than 150 years old can conceal treasures. Bill Van Niekerken, San Francisco Chronicle, "1930s Golden Gate Bridge construction photos rescued from ruin," 22 May 2018 Mueller went into the archives at the Department of Justice Tax Division and appropriated an old case against Manafort that had been cleared, and he's been using that. Fox News, "Michael Caputo: My family receives threats over Russia probe," 5 May 2018 Star archives Richmond, K-State's star, was a physical freak. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The day the Kansas-Kansas State rivalry changed forever | The Kansas City Star," 21 Mar. 2018 According to ProPublica's tax archive, Bethany received another $500,000 total between 2012 and 2013 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, which is run by the co-founder of Amway and his wife. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Bethany Christian Services condemns Trump policy, despite ties to DeVos," 30 June 2018 Before the brick-and-mortar restaurants, Sanchis sold cheeseburgers out of a trailer at the Alaska State Fair in 1964, according to Anchorage Daily News archives. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Arctic Roadrunner restaurant founder Richard Sanchis dies at 79," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 There’s a lot to unpack in the hundreds of tweets from the four accounts that are no longer public and only available from those who archived the posts before The Ringer’s May 29 report. Sarah Todd,, "Barbara Bottini's Twitter act cost Bryan Colangelo his job with Sixers," 7 June 2018 The list goes on and on, and the examples are easy to find after a little digging through Facebook’s new political ads archive. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Bush's beans and a reverend named Clinton: Facebook's political ad filter misfires," 3 July 2018 The magazine’s editors plan to use old pictures for the cover and to recycle archived content for a piece about Ms. McDougal’s fitness routine, the employees said. WSJ, "Ex-Playmate Alleging Trump Affair to Get Men’s Journal Cover," 27 June 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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