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 for archive

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 The online archive features nearly 200 recipe books and works of culinary scholarship spanning 1828 to the present. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Online Portal Chronicles the Culinary Legacy of the African Diaspora," 25 Feb. 2021 What Bon Appétit — which saw its editor depart last year after a 16-year-old Halloween photo of him trying to look like a Puerto Rican stereotype resurfaced on the internet — is doing with its recipe archive may seem like a farce. Bret Stephens, Star Tribune, "Sensitivity standards are tightening beyond parody," 23 Feb. 2021 The graphic novel, which is out on Tuesday, was written by Jean-David Morvan, who interviewed Abbas for his firsthand account and used the photographer’s archive of images to help tell the story. New York Times, "Muhammad Ali as You’ve Never Seen Him," 22 Feb. 2021 Explore the State Library's digital archive of images from the Moriarty collection at Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "Newspapers, birth records, wartime photos: Exploring chapters of Black Hoosier history," 19 Feb. 2021 The quote also does not appear on Politiwoops, an archive maintained by ProPublica that tracks deleted tweets from politicians. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Fake Nancy Pelosi quote on Trump impeachment trial acquittal," 19 Feb. 2021 Apple doesn't keep a central archive of the documents, but Zinkus and his colleagues compiled them back to 2012 from third parties. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Apple Offers Its Closest Look Yet at iOS and MacOS Security," 18 Feb. 2021 Media Matters for America, which has monitored Limbaugh closely for years, has a deep archive of audio clips. Washington Post, "Opinion: Ten omissions from Fox Nation’s remembrance of Rush Limbaugh," 18 Feb. 2021 Use our new interactive tool to explore Vogue Runway’s ever-expanding archive of street style photos tagged by item, style, city, and season. Vogue, "Street Style Trend Tracker," 26 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The partnership will in turn improve the Wayback Machine's ability to archive the Web. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Wayback Machine and Cloudflare team up to archive more of the Web," 18 Sep. 2020 The Home Orchard Society, which was established in 1975, will archive information on and continue the community forum at oregonlive, "After Home Orchard Society ends 45-year run, volunteers step in to help food growers," 14 Dec. 2020 Eventually, support for PS3 through PlayStation Network will be cut off, and initiatives such as PSONE will take steps to archive what is needed to keep playing people’s favorite games. Washington Post, "How some savvy fans are preserving the PS3’s multiplayer games," 27 Nov. 2020 Twitch did not provide users with a tool to mass-delete or mass-archive their content, although Justin Ignacio, one of Twitch's founders (who left the company in 2018) shared a third-party tool for doing so on Twitter. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Twitch blasts streamers with vague, unhelpful DMCA takedown emails," 21 Oct. 2020

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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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1 Mar 2021

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“Archive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 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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