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English definition of “data”

data

noun [U or plural]     /ˈdeɪtə/
information, especially facts or numbers, collected to be examined and considered and used to help with making decisions: The data shows that more than 80% of the agricultural workforce is Hispanic. financial/personal/sales data The database for each health authority should be able to provide data on the number of staff residing in each location. She earns about $13.50 an hour collecting data for the US Department of Labor.
IT information in an electronic form that can be stored and processed by a computer: The students' task was to prepare all the posters and electronic data for the publicity campaign.
→ See also primary data, secondary data
(Definition of data noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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