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

Of course the Swifties are also combing the archives for further clues about what's to come. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Taylor Swift's Website Now Has a Countdown—and Fans Think New Music Is Coming Soon," 13 Apr. 2019 And as a quick look back through the photo archives will prove, her outfit choice holds major significance in the royal family. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Channels Princess Diana and Kate Middleton at Commonwealth Day Service," 11 Mar. 2019 To keep the brand’s history intact, the duo delved into the archives. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Eckhaus Latta Reimagines the Ugg With a Deliciously Square Toe," 9 Feb. 2019 The result was a mass exodus of users to places like Tumblr and the Archive of Our Own (AO3), a fanworks archive that was started in part because of the chaos of Strikethrough. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Tumblr’s porn ban could be its downfall — after all, it happened to LiveJournal," 6 Dec. 2018 On the last day of Paris Couture week, Elie Saab took inspiration from the architecture of Barcelona, while Viktor & Rolf dug into the archives for a retrospective of sorts to celebrate the brand's 25th anniversary. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Paris Couture Week: Elie Saab Says 'Ole,' Viktor & Rolf Say 'Remember When?'," 5 July 2018 Following the Great Exhibition, Cole helped to establish a more permanent archive of design and technology. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Was Henry Cole, Prince Albert's Right-Hand Man in Launching the Great Exhibition?," 25 Feb. 2019 There’s a global archive of satellite imagery, too. Want more scientific details? Erin Blakemore, The Seattle Times, "Seeking the big picture of our planet? Check out satellite images on NOAA’s website.," 19 Feb. 2019 The selection also includes 100 bags, many of which are inspired by the archives of European fashion houses, that are exclusive to the retailer. ... Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Saks Turns Prime Space Into a Handbag Emporium," 5 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 In one post, archived by WayBack Machine and recently uncovered by Buzzfeed, Reid encouraged readers to watch Loose Change 9/11, a viral documentary that promoted a debunked conspiracy theory that the U.S. government was behind the Sept. 11 attacks. Rob Tornoe,, "MSNBC, host Joy Reid silent about blog posts echoing conspiracy theory," 31 May 2018 Musk has since deleted his endorsement, which was archived by Slate. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Elon Musk Criticizes Media by Tweeting Link to Article With Ties to Sex Cult," 27 May 2018 Those observations are archived over time, creating a climatological record for Kentucky that can help researchers monitor drought conditions or weather extremes, Foster said. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Meteorologists are raising the alarm: Bevin’s budget could put Kentuckians in danger," 22 Jan. 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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