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English definition of “data”

data

noun [U, + sing/pl verb] uk   /ˈdeɪ.tə/ us    /-t̬ə/
B2 information, especially facts or numbers, collected to be examined and considered and used to help decision-making, or information in an electronic form that can be stored and used by a computer: The data was/were collected by various researchers. Now the data is/are being transferred from magnetic tape to hard disk.
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