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 In a July bankruptcy auction, Johnson Publishing sold its Ebony photo archives to a consortium of foundations for $30 million. NBC News, "Historic Johnson Publishing artwork going on auction block," 16 Jan. 2020 Her archives leave enough of her life behind for some historians to describe Murray at some times as transgender, and at others as a lesbian. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Culture War in the Workplace," 13 Jan. 2020 Its blog archives include posts from as late as last November and as recently as Monday. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Top FBI agent who leaked to media spent thousands of dollars to boost online reputation before name was revealed," 13 Jan. 2020 The company is also adept at reimagining classics, and their vast archive allows for continual reinvention. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside the Intricate Silkscreening Process at Tillett Textiles," 11 Jan. 2020 Given that much of the Trump administration refuses to acknowledge the reality of climate change, this did not sit well, as evidenced by the fact that the EPA pulled its NEPA history off its website and moved it to its archives. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Trump plans to “modernize” environmental impact reports," 9 Jan. 2020 Continue reading this article, and thousands more from our archive, for the low introductory rate of just $1 an issue. Robyn Creswell, The New York Review of Books, "Lebanon’s Infernal Circle," 7 Jan. 2020 See: Photo treasures found in our archives This newsletter has been curated and edited by David Beard, and Eslah Attar selected the photographs. National Geographic, "How does this photographer handle giant tortoises?," 3 Jan. 2020 Kim, 39, opened up about her clothing archive after one fan posted an extensive retrospective thread on Twitter looking back at the star’s style transformation in the 2010s. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Kim Kardashian Keeps 'Every Single Coat and Outfit' She's Worn in a Fashion Archive," 27 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Elliott also forced the Cambridge Internet content-delivery company Akamai Technologies to expand its stock buyback program last year, and in 2011 pressured the Boston data-archiving company Iron Mountain to restructure., "Harvard hires N.Y. developer for Allston project," 22 Dec. 2019 Shortz, like a lexicographer, makes the ultimate call on whether an entry is significant enough to include in a puzzle that people will still be solving in reprinted or archived form years after its initial run. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Crosswords Came of Age in the 2010s," 31 Dec. 2019 From Beyonce sporting a custom tie-dye Balmain dress at the Roc Nation Grammy’s brunch to Cardi B wearing archived Thierry Mugler the same weekend, these ladies set the tone for awards fashion in Q1. Nandi Howard, Essence, "A Few Of Our Favorite Celebrity Fashion Looks In 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 Instead, Gonzalez hones in on mostly inanimate objects—mountains of handwritten cards, drawings, paper cranes and other tiny mementos left behind and archived after some of the deadliest school massacres in the nation’s history. Time, "TIME's 30 Best Photobooks of 2019," 21 Dec. 2019 Tattooed into its skin are the scars of old wounds; archived in the molecules of the immune system are the traces of past infections. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "This Spiky Patch Could Invisibly Record Vaccination History Under Skin," 18 Dec. 2019 Created in 1907, the Detroit Saturday Night operated until 1939 and is archived in the Library of Congress. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Demolition begins for historic Saturday Night building in downtown Detroit," 19 Nov. 2019 All of her Christmas recipes are archived on her blog, as well. Michelle Matthews |, al, "Alabama food writer shares her recipes for the good life," 4 Dec. 2019 But while King’s Connecticut summers are recorded in documents and referenced in at least one of his speeches, the history has been archived sporadically and inconsistently. Emily Brindley,, "Martin Luther King Jr.’s time in Connecticut was pivotal, but has never been thoroughly documented. That’s about to change.," 13 Nov. 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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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Archive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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