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archive Syllabification: ar·chive
Pronunciation: /ˈärˌkīv/
(usually archives)

Definition of archive in English:


1A collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people: source materials in local archives [as modifier]: a section of archive film
More example sentences
  • Many public libraries also have local history sections containing archives relating to local musical activities and famous musicians.
  • Shot by pioneering film-makers Mitchell & Kenyon, the discovery of this archive collection will rewrite British film history.
  • Through personal archives and institutions we compiled about 500 diaries and a few thousand postcards and letters.
1.1The place where historical documents or records are kept: to get into the archives I had to fill in a request form
More example sentences
  • Plans for a ‘joined up service’, with libraries, archives, museums and galleries all together under one roof, have been launched by East Riding Council.
  • Col Babbitt and Mrs Zemp were invited to visit Rishworth School and yesterday saw the original Sowerby Parish Registers at the archives in the Central Library.
  • The new gallery, with its associated study room and archives, is a £10m joint venture.
record office, registry, repository, depository, museum, chancery


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1Place or store (something) in an archive.
Example sentences
  • The challenges involved in displaying and archiving information on the web are huge and the move to multimedia presentation is adding to the complexity of the task.
  • At present, the collection is archived but not available to the web-browser.
  • How do you archive these materials for later reference as well as maximize the material's life expectancy?
file, log, catalog, document, record, register;
store, cache
1.1 Computing Transfer (data) to a less frequently used storage medium such as magnetic tape, typically external to the computer system and having a greater storage capacity.
Example sentences
  • Tape remains a strong contender for long term data archiving and off-site storage.
  • Tape is the overwhelming computer medium of choice for archiving.
  • You manage your e-mail by archiving it on cheaper storage devices.


Early 17th century (in the sense 'place where records are kept'): from French archives (plural), from Latin archiva, archia, from Greek arkheia 'public records', from arkhē 'government'. The verb dates from the late 19th century.

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