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

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 Case in point: these seven recipes from our archives. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Never splurge on fancy granola again with these 7 recipes to make it at home," 14 Sep. 2019 There were hardly any images of Muslims in their archives. New York Times, "A Sound-and-Art Show Fills a Void for Muslims in Brooklyn," 9 Sep. 2019 Give the playlist a spin and check out reflections from the trio on the mix’s standout cuts and throwback photos from their archives below. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Listen to Neo R&B Trio Moonchild's Spacey & Soul-Stirring #TBT Mixtape," 5 Sep. 2019 Now, having returned to his native Majorca, the designer is creating art using pieces from his fashion archives. Vogue, "It’s Been 20 Years Since Miguel Adrover Disrupted NYFW—8 Ways That He Was Ahead of His Time," 4 Sep. 2019 These recipes, from our archives, are easily doubled or tripled to feed a crowd. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Labor Day cookout: 3 sure-fire ideas for the grill," 28 Aug. 2019 From our archives, here's a roundup of questions about cool stuff: 1. Arnessa Garrett, Dallas News, "Ice skating at Love Field just one of the cool stories from the Curious Texas archives," 16 Aug. 2019 The Arch Mission Foundation sent its first archive to space in 2018 in the glove compartment of Elon Musk’s Tesla, which is now in a 30-million-year orbit around the sun. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon," 5 Aug. 2019 Here’s a guide to their stunt shows from our archives. Ellen Banner, The Seattle Times, "Blue Angels roar and roll over Seattle area ahead of Seafair performances," 2 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Oral histories will be collected and archived, conference papers will be published, and panels and performances are planned for Nov. 20-22 at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Downtown Campus and at Our Lady of the Lake University. Elaine Ayala,, "Half a century later, the Chicano student strikes still reverberate," 5 Nov. 2019 The Chicora Foundation is trying to minimize the damage by archiving headstone information and pictures. Adam Aton, Scientific American, "Even the Dead Cannot Escape Climate Change," 31 Oct. 2019 So check out archived video below as reporter Hannah Drown took viewers on a live tour on’s Facebook page Friday. Hannah Drown, cleveland, "Video: See tour of Fat Head’s Brewery and get details on HomeGrown Heroes event," 18 Oct. 2019 Dove teased the release of her original music by archiving all her old Instagram posts. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Dove Cameron Released Her First Original Music, "Bloodshot" and "Waste"," 27 Sep. 2019 Related: Meet the women leading Netflix into the streaming wars All totaled, the service will offer 7,500 episodes of current and off-air TV shows, 400 archived Disney (and Fox) movies and 100 recent theatrical releases. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Disney+ Begins Taking Pre-Orders," 23 Sep. 2019 In 2014 and 2015, Rivera's foundation hosted fundraiser golf tournaments at Trump's course in Westchester County, New York, according to news reports and archived pages from the charity's website. David Nakamura,, "Rejected by sports teams, Trump finds a new method to handpick athletes for White House ceremonies," 17 Sep. 2019 The bomber jacket, oversized headphones and green hat, one-of-a-kind items worth $7,000, had been taken before they could be archived, according to an arrest report. Gabrielle Russon,, "At Disney World, felony theft charges filed in a strange case involving park collectibles," 16 Sep. 2019 In the white papers, there’s a possibility that your data could be archived for a fee to save space. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Libra, explained," 26 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


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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