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ar·​chive ˈär-ˌkīv How to pronounce archive (audio)
: 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
: a repository or collection especially of information


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archived; archiving

transitive verb

: to file or collect in or as if in an archive
archive documents
archived tissue samples

Example Sentences

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
These reparative restagings have only gained resonance in an era keen on redressing the exclusions of the archive. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 21 Jan. 2023 Hosted by culture critic Peter Hartlaub in the historic Chronicle basement photo archive, with frequent appearances by his #TotalSF partner, columnist Heather Knight. Total Sf Podcast, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Jan. 2023 Some Jones styles, like an update marine sailor top, were lifted directly from the 1958 archive. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 20 Jan. 2023 Not long after, before all late fees had been collected from customers including Joel Coen, the archive found a new home in the small Italian village of Salemi, Sicily. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 19 Jan. 2023 Moscow police told Fox News Digital that the department does not share its bodycam archive or any live security camera streams with the researchers at WSU. Fox News, 13 Jan. 2023 The archive is packed with clues to Anderson’s life and artistry. Hanif Abdurraqib, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2023 Writers and filmmakers have mobilized to oppose the Zelensky government’s attempts to commandeer a beloved Kyiv film archive. Time, 6 Jan. 2023 Drawing is a staple in the collection of any serious museum now, but the BnF’s drawing archive reflects the schism. Globe Staff,, 5 Jan. 2023
Hawkins, an artist who helped archive De Maria’s work after his death, lives on-site seven months a year, and ferries guests back and forth to Quemado seven days a week. Rowan Moore Gerety, The Atlantic, 8 Nov. 2022 Lonestar wants to archive data on the moon in its lunar data centers to protect that data from human or natural damage and data loss. Tom Coughlin, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2022 While those are already available to the public via the Legislature’s website, the Alabama Channel will record and archive them to allow people who can’t watch live to catch them later. Mike Cason |, al, 8 Dec. 2022 In 2007, City University established the Saul Kripke Center at the Graduate Center to archive, study and publish his works. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2022 To archive, volunteers mostly use the Webrecorder suite, organizers said. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 Smaller, third-party services have sought for years to archive more specific content. WIRED, 16 Nov. 2022 In her extended family, Garcia has become the informal keeper of the family history, loosely gathering documents, photos and other records to archive their journey from Spain to Durango, Mexico, to Texas. Mónica Rhor, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2022 But fact checking there may be lacking, and online stories can be difficult to archive. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


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-

First Known Use


1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of archive was in 1603

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Cite this Entry

“Archive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
ar·​chive ˈär-ˌkīv How to pronounce archive (audio)
: a place in which public records or historical documents are preserved
also : the material preserved
usually used in plural
: a collection of information


2 of 2 verb
archived; archiving
: to file or collect in or as if in an archive
was archiving documents

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