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


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

Steve Chibnall, a professor of British cinema there who curates that archive with his colleague, Alissa Clarke, said the cause was multiple organ failure after a long illness. Neil Genzlinger,, "Peter Whitehead, swinging ’60s filmmaker, dies at 82," 19 June 2019 Because her husband — Rolf Fehlbaum, the wealthy chairman of the Swiss furniture company Vitra — did purchase her the archives, and she's kept them from the public ever since. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "In 'The Proposal,’ filmmaker seeks to free the work of a renowned Mexican architect," 19 June 2019 LaPoint spent hundreds of hours sifting through library and history museum archives. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan is home to a Guinness World Record-breaking fire station," 18 June 2019 According to the archive, the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth was in Furnace Creek, Death Valley, California, which reportedly hit 134 degrees on July 10, 1913. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Two of the world's 4 all-time hottest temperatures have occurred in the past 3 years," 18 June 2019 In 1987, just a few years after Verdura's death, Ward Landrigan, then the head of Jewelry at Sotheby’s, bought the rights to the name and to all the Verdura archive. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "The Fascinating Life of Jewelry Designer Fulco Di Verdura," 18 June 2019 Rather than appearing totally overwhelming and musty, the archive feels fresh and exploratory with each new iteration. Lori Waxman,, "Live art in Chicago today — Art Institute, MCA Chicago and Cultural Center raising their game," 16 June 2019 Confessional Visually, the film is composed entirely of archive footage, much of it culled from a 500-hour trove shot in the '80s for an unmade documentary commissioned by Maradona's one-time agent Jorge Cyterszpiler. Thomas Page, CNN, "Sex, drugs and soccer: Diego Maradona film shines light on Napoli years," 12 June 2019 The archive's parent organization, the Organization for Transformative Works, is a nonprofit, and everyone involved in the project is a volunteer. Gretchen Mcculloch, WIRED, "Fans Are Better Than Tech at Organizing Information Online," 11 June 2019

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The Stonewall Forever interactive monument, accessible worldwide on desktop, mobile and an augmented reality app, will have archived material such as photos, letters, oral histories and a documentary featuring activists past and present. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump meets with Theresa May, Tiananmen Square protests 30 years later: 5 things to know Tuesday," 4 June 2019 The Library of Congress archived Reid's now-defunct blog post on Jan. 14, 2007 at 6:52 a.m. ET. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Embattled MSNBC star Joy Reid fat-shamed 'chubbed-out shrew' Rosie O'Donnell amid feud with Trump, report says," 26 Apr. 2018 There are about 4,500 designs in the company inventory archived here, in a three-story gray building on Bernardgasse, a 10-minute drive from the Vienna State Opera house. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "The Family That Has Elevated Everyday Items to Art," 29 May 2018 For example, the Earth dress will benefit conservation work towards archiving ancient human art as well as the Nature Conservancy of New Guinea, where this photo was taken. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Sustainable Fashion Line Features Prints Made From National Geographic Photographs," 22 Apr. 2019 Flying drone inspections of bridges, pipelines, and airplane hangars produce information that will need to be evaluated immediately and also archived for any future forensic work, should an accident occur. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Drones of Tomorrow Have a Data Problem," 11 May 2017 Or the instant-heirloom Smythson journal that, at the end of the year, is worthy of archiving rather than recycling? Vogue, "The Best Planners for 2019: Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Hyper-Organized Friend," 9 Nov. 2018 So everything has been preserved, everything has been archived. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Ivanka Trump Defends Use of Private Email, Says It's Nothing Like Hillary Clinton's," 28 Nov. 2018 The maps have been archived in the Planetary Data System and will soon be made available to the public. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "These Maps of Pluto and Its Moon Charon Are the Most Detailed Ever Made," 13 July 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

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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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


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Kids Definition of archive

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

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