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English definition of “data”

data

noun [U, + sing/pl verb]     /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 .Information and messages
(Definition of data noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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