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archive

noun [C] uk   /ˈɑː.kaɪv/  us   /ˈɑːr-/
(also archives [plural]) a collection of historical records relating to a place, organization, or family: archive film/footage/material These old photographs should go in the family archives. (also archives [plural]) a place where historical records are kept: I've been studying village records in the local archive. a computer file used to store electronic information or documents that you no longer need to use regularly

archive

verb [T] uk   /ˈɑː.kaɪv/  us   /ˈɑːr-/
to store historical records or documents in an archive in computer technology, to store electronic information that you no longer need to use regularly: This software helps firms archive and retrieve emails.
archival
adjective uk   /ˌɑːˈkaɪ.vəl/  us   /ˌɑːr-/
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