da·​ta·​base | \ ˈdā-tə-ˌbās How to pronounce database (audio) , ˈda- also ˈdä- \

Definition of database

: a usually large collection of data organized especially for rapid search and retrieval (as by a computer) an online database

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Other Words from database

database transitive verb

Examples of database in a Sentence

All of our customers' information was kept in a database.
Recent Examples on the Web The customer complaints were contained in a Juul Labs database the FDA reviewed as part of a high-profile inspection of the San Francisco company in September 2018. Lauren Etter,, "Consumers made 2,600 health complaints to Juul about e-cigarettes, FDA says," 13 Jan. 2020 Few trial sponsors have consistently done so, even after a 2007 law made posting mandatory for many trials registered in the database. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "FDA and NIH let clinical trial sponsors keep results secret and break the law," 13 Jan. 2020 Last year marked the seventh consecutive year of price gains for the suburbs, and’s Rich Exner has all the information in a searchable database. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Plastic bags still reign in Cuyahoga County, despite ban: The Wake Up for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020," 8 Jan. 2020 Following an inquiry about the firms from an AP journalist, their information reappeared Tuesday night in the database. Washington Post, "Co-creator defends suspected UAE spying app called ToTok," 2 Jan. 2020 Wyze said no customer passwords or financial information was contained in the database that was left unprotected. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Smart camera maker Wyze hit with customer data breach," 30 Dec. 2019 Not all records that districts provided were included in the database. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, "How We Reported This Story," 20 Dec. 2019 Wicks said 130 organizations that provide assistance are included in the database. Tammy Keith, Arkansas Online, "United Way seeking new executive director," 2 Dec. 2019 BotSlayer’s system collects all matching tweets – not just a sample – and saves them in a database for any retrospective investigation. Christopher Torres-lugo, The Conversation, "You can join the effort to expose Twitter bots," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of database

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of database was circa 1962

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16 Jan 2020

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“Database.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of database

: a collection of pieces of information that is organized and used on a computer


da·​ta·​base | \ ˈdā-tə-ˌbās How to pronounce database (audio) , ˈda- \

Kids Definition of database

: a collection of data that is organized especially to be used by a computer

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