Archive Definition

ärkīv
archived, archives, archiving
noun
A place where public records, documents, etc. are kept.
Webster's New World
A place where material having documentary interest, as private papers, institutional records, memorabilia, or photographs, is kept.
Webster's New World
A long-term storage area, often on magnetic tape, for backup copies of files or for files that are no longer in active use.
American Heritage
A file containing one or more files in compressed format for more efficient storage and transfer.
American Heritage
The records, material, etc. kept in either of such places.
Webster's New World
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verb
To place or keep (records, papers, etc.) in or as in archives.
Webster's New World
To copy or compress (a file) into an archive.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
file-away

Other Word Forms of Archive

Noun

Singular:
archive
Plural:
archives

Origin of Archive

  • From French archives from Latin archīva from Greek arkheia pl. of arkheion town hall from arkhē government from arkhein to rule

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French archives, from Latin archīvum, from Ancient Greek ἀρχεῖον (arkheion, “town hall”).

    From Wiktionary

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