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


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 Tiffany diamond, the most notable piece in the Tiffany & Co. archives, is a 128.54-carat fancy yellow diamond which typically sits on display (under lock and key) in the brand's Fifth Avenue flagship location. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Just Showed up to the Oscars in One of the World's Most Famous Pieces of Jewelry," 25 Feb. 2019 Gen studio: Images are the medium of this hack, where each image is analyzed for connections to other works of art in the Met archive. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft uses AI to bring the Met's art collection to the web—and your Instagram," 4 Feb. 2019 Peloton bikes come with a large screen attached to the handlebars so that users can either take live cycling classes that are streamed in from Peloton’s New York City cycling studio or choose from thousands of others available in the archive. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Peloton’s $2,000 stationary bike has totally disrupted working out at home," 14 Nov. 2018 Maharam Maharam Buried in the archive were five gloriously modern textiles—Check, Circles, Edges, Plus, and Steps. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Alexander Girard’s forgotten textile patterns find new life as rugs," 9 Nov. 2018 The original drawings for the Alhambra can be spotted in the archives from 1968. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Behind the Legendary Good Fortune of Van Cleef's Alhambra," 1 Oct. 2018 So the researchers went back in the archives, looking for previous neutrino measurements that also could have come from the blazar's direction. Amina Khan,, "After years of searching, scientists finally trace high-energy neutrinos to a distant blazar," 12 July 2018 Being Bobby Brown Buried deep in the Bravo archives, the 2005 show followed the couple for a few months and gave us some hilarious insight into their lives. Billboard, "6 Reasons Whitney Houston Is an Inspiration & Icon to the LGBTQ Community," 11 July 2018 The archives are full of primers on parenting, but most of them are written by men. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘Mother Is a Verb’ Review: What’s It Like to Be a Mom?," 9 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Library of Congress archived Reid's now-defunct blog post on Jan. 14, 2007 at 6:52 a.m. ET. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Embattled MSNBC star Joy Reid fat-shamed 'chubbed-out shrew' Rosie O'Donnell amid feud with Trump, report says," 26 Apr. 2018 There are about 4,500 designs in the company inventory archived here, in a three-story gray building on Bernardgasse, a 10-minute drive from the Vienna State Opera house. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "The Family That Has Elevated Everyday Items to Art," 29 May 2018 For example, the Earth dress will benefit conservation work towards archiving ancient human art as well as the Nature Conservancy of New Guinea, where this photo was taken. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Sustainable Fashion Line Features Prints Made From National Geographic Photographs," 22 Apr. 2019 Flying drone inspections of bridges, pipelines, and airplane hangars produce information that will need to be evaluated immediately and also archived for any future forensic work, should an accident occur. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Drones of Tomorrow Have a Data Problem," 11 May 2017 Or the instant-heirloom Smythson journal that, at the end of the year, is worthy of archiving rather than recycling? Vogue, "The Best Planners for 2019: Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Hyper-Organized Friend," 9 Nov. 2018 So everything has been preserved, everything has been archived. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Ivanka Trump Defends Use of Private Email, Says It's Nothing Like Hillary Clinton's," 28 Nov. 2018 The maps have been archived in the Planetary Data System and will soon be made available to the public. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "These Maps of Pluto and Its Moon Charon Are the Most Detailed Ever Made," 13 July 2018 In one post, archived by WayBack Machine and recently uncovered by Buzzfeed, Reid encouraged readers to watch Loose Change 9/11, a viral documentary that promoted a debunked conspiracy theory that the U.S. government was behind the Sept. 11 attacks. Rob Tornoe,, "MSNBC, host Joy Reid silent about blog posts echoing conspiracy theory," 31 May 2018

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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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