What does archive mean?

Definitions for archiveˈɑr kaɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. archive(verb)

    a depository containing historical records and documents

  2. archive, file away(verb)

    put into an archive


  1. archive(Noun)

    A place for storing earlier, and often historical, material. An archive usually contains documents (letters, records, newspapers, etc.) or other types of media kept for historical interest.

  2. archive(Noun)

    The material so kept, considered as a whole (compare archives).

    His archive of Old High German language texts is the most extensive in Britain.

  3. archive(Verb)

    To put into an archive.

    I was planning on archiving the documents from 2001.

  4. Origin: From archives, from archivum, from ἀρχεῖον.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Archive(noun)

    the place in which public records or historic documents are kept

  2. Archive(noun)

    public records or documents preserved as evidence of facts; as, the archives of a country or family


  1. Archive

    An archive is an accumulation of historical records, or the physical place they are located. Archives contain primary source documents that have accumulated over the course of an individual or organization's lifetime, and are kept to show the function of that person or organization. Professional archivists and historians generally understand archives to be records that have been naturally and necessarily generated as a product of regular legal, commercial, administrative or social activities. They have been metaphorically defined as "the secretions of an organism"—rather than those that have been consciously written or created to communicate a particular message to posterity. In general, archives consist of records that have been selected for permanent or long-term preservation on grounds of their enduring cultural, historical, or evidentiary value. Archival records are normally unpublished and almost always unique, unlike books or magazines for which many identical copies exist. This means that archives are quite distinct from libraries with regard to their functions and organization, although archival collections can often be found within library buildings. A person who works in archives is called an archivist. The study and practice of organizing, preserving, and providing access to information and materials in archives is called archival science. The physical place of storage is sometimes referred to as an archive repository.

Editors Contribution

  1. archive

    Public or private documents or records relating to the activities, business or life of a person, family, corporation, association, community, or nation held in an official place.

    The public documents relating her grandfather's time in the army where kept in the public archive so she had to apply with her personal identification to access them.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'archive' in Nouns Frequency: #2506


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of archive in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of archive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sam Simon:

    The Museum of Broadcasting called and said,' Sam Simon were thinking about doing an archive interview with you. Do you mind if Sam Simon did it now ?'.

  2. Rogerio Varga:

    There is no document in any archive that has been uncovered that places the institution of Volkswagen in collaboration with any violation of human rights.

  3. George Steiner:

    Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and archive mythology of its past or of a past borrowed from other cultures. It tests its sense of identity, of regress or new achievement, against that past.

  4. The BAFTA-nominated director:

    I got this idea (to do the book) like a historical archive about something that was trash but then presenting it in a high way, it's a great historical archive in seeing how films were promoted at a specific time before ... pornography was legalized.

  5. Per Karsten:

    We can now observe that Winstrup's mummy is one of the best-preserved bodies from Europe in the 1600s, with an information potential well in line with that offered by Otzi the ice man or Egyptian mummies. Bishop Winstrup remains constitute a unique archive of medical history on the living conditions and health of people living in the 1600s.

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