Definition of archive in English:


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


  • 1A collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people: source materials in local archives [as modifier]: a section of archive film
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    • 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  • 1.1The place where historical documents or records are kept: to get into the archives I had to fill in a request form
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.



Pronunciation: /ärˈkīvəl/
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  • But there is no denying the authenticity of at least some of the archival documents.
  • The world's biggest collection of film archival material about war history is set to be stored in Canberra.
  • The Second World War itself is well documented with archival film, photographs and exhibits.


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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