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


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

Fila is tapping into their broad design archives and pulling inspiration from their 70's, 80's, and 90's archival ski, trekking, and alpine collections for design direction. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "Fila's Newest Collection Will Get You Outside ASAP," 18 July 2019 Now, its historic photo archives will be hitting the auction block on July 17, with dues going toward the creditors of the publishing company. Leah Asmelash And Brian Ries, CNN, "Ebony and Jet Magazine's photo archives are being auctioned off. Here's a look at some of the iconic photos," 16 July 2019 Check out these options from our archives: Roasted Chicken Thighs With Preserved Lemon and Olives. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Sassy, salty preserved lemons belong in your pantry. Here’s how to use them.," 15 July 2019 Share Your Thoughts How could the Vatican be more transparent about the case--open its archives, make officials available for questioning? Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican Mystery Deepens as Tombs Prove Empty in Search for Missing Girl," 11 July 2019 Coca-Cola had to dig through its archives to find the New Coke recipe, according to the Times. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "New Coke finds success — finally! — with ‘Stranger Things 3’," 2 July 2019 His landlord locked up the apartment and sold his belongings, including the majority of his archive to an auctioneer. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Where Is Neil Malcolm Roberts?," 29 June 2019 There’s lots of cases especially from those of the middle of the 20th century of men burning all their archives of letters — some really important — because they were terrified of being exposed. Tim Ryan Williams, Vox, "Why we need to get to know the “bad gays” of history," 26 June 2019 Sassen spent a year, on and off, photographing the palace and its archives, with a special interest in the palace’s women. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, "A Photographer’s Ode to the Women of Versailles," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To make matters worse, the tech could be used to harvest data stored in the cloud, sources told the Financial Times, which means your location data, archived messages or photos would be up for grabs. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Report says that new malware could spy on iCloud, Google Drive, Facebook and more," 19 July 2019 The blog highlights and archives every line-of-duty law enforcement death across the country, including dozens in Harris County since 1990. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County deputy's death highlights different ways law enforcement die on the job," 16 July 2019 Our fingerprints, our DNA, and now our very movements are structured and archived by private corporations with little transparency. Vanessa Chang, WIRED, "How Phone Taps and Swipes Train Us to Be Better Consumers," 10 July 2019 All of this activity was monitored and archived by Athar’s ream of researchers. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Terrorists are trafficking looted antiquities with impunity on Facebook," 3 July 2019 The recordings were posted on the website, which archives radio transmissions of police departments. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "D.C. police supervisor called off pursuit one minute before deadly crash," 26 June 2019 The letters were provided Thursday to The Washington Post by the University of Mississippi, which houses Eastland’s archived papers. Matt Viser,, "Joe Biden’s ties to segregationist senator spark campaign tension," 20 June 2019 In addition to interviews, Jesse looked at historical documents, including those archived among former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's papers at the University of Michigan's Bentley Library. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "DMC, Wayne State fight for years with millions of dollars and care of poor at stake," 20 June 2019 Cathedral of Sounds The history of music-archiving misfortunes extends far beyond UMG’s ruined vault. New York Times, "The Day the Music Burned," 11 June 2019

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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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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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