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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As program-makers who have previously worked closely with the Royal Household on ceremonial and celebratory broadcast events and programs, the production team was under no illusion quite how special having access to this very personal archive was. Simon Perry,, 7 May 2022 Working with the Ganni archive has been really interesting, delving into it and reimagining it through an Ahluwalia lens. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Apr. 2022 The files of Justice Harry Blackmun, later turned over with his archive to the Library of Congress, show that Justice Sandra Day O'Connor strongly agreed with Rehnquist in 1993 that the justices should set timelines for the release of papers. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 23 Nov. 2021 Discover Canadian history with an online archive of Toronto’s Fort York. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 Donating the letters to an archive, the filmmakers said, was a goal from the beginning. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Dedicated Laurenites will be pleased to find an encyclopedic archive of the shirt’s most coveted iterations, illustrating its seemingly infinite adaptability. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2022 When an employee leaves a job, businesses typically dump their files into an extensive archive and forget about it. Stephen Cavey, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Pagel maintains an archive of photo negatives, posters and other memorabilia at his home. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Still, Ginsburg kept a film poster—signed by the cast and crew—in her chambers, which the Smithsonian will now archive. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Apr. 2022 The Louisville men's basketball team (11-10, 5-6) is looking for its first win since Chris Mack and the university parted ways and will have another chance to archive it against North Carolina on Tuesday. Reina Kempt, The Courier-Journal, 2 Feb. 2022 Should all of human civilization someday be obliterated by climate change, this bus-size steel vault will archive critical information about the planet’s weather patterns and our catastrophic climate errors. Outside Online, 28 Dec. 2021 Modern email services have trained us to archive everything. Abhishek Agrawal, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The university will organize and archive the materials for research and academic purposes, according to the announcement. Ed Enoch, al, 5 Nov. 2021 Many video platforms can archive presentations, seminars and meetings for future use or record events like multi-day conferences. Joe Mozden, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Milarch’s mission is to archive the genetics of ancient trees, breed them and replant them. Brian Melley, ajc, 2 Nov. 2021 Is Madonna's iconic fashion archive up for grabs, and if so, can Kim Kardashian please get in line? Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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“Archive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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ar·​chive | \ ˈär-ˌkīv How to pronounce archive (audio) \

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

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