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Meaning of “archive” in the English Dictionary

"archive" in British English

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archivenoun [C]

uk   /ˈɑː.kaɪv/  us   /ˈɑːr-/
(also archives [plural]) a ​collection of ​historicalrecordsrelating to a ​place, ​organization, or ​family: archive film/​footage/​material These ​oldphotographs should go in the ​family archives. (also archives [plural]) a ​place where ​historicalrecords are ​kept: I've been ​studyingvillagerecords in the ​local archive. a ​computerfile used to ​storeelectronicinformation or ​documents that you no ​longer need to use ​regularly

archiveverb [T]

uk   /ˈɑː.kaɪv/  us   /ˈɑːr-/
archival
adjective uk   /ˌɑːˈkaɪ.vəl/  us   /ˌɑːr-/
(Definition of archive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"archive" in American English

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archivenoun

 us   /ˈɑr·kɑɪv/ (also archives)
the ​documentsshowing the ​history of a ​place, ​organization, or ​family, or the ​place where these are ​kept: The author’s ​manuscripts are in the ​college archives.
archival
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ɑrˈkɑɪ·vəl/
I’m doing some archival ​research on my family’s ​history.
(Definition of archive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"archive" in Business English

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archivenoun

uk   us   /ˈɑːkaɪv/
[C, usually plural] a ​collection of ​records that are no ​longer used: an archive of ​financialstatements
[C] IT a ​computerfile used to ​storeelectronicinformation or ​documents that you no ​longer need to use ​regularly: Use your ​e-mail application's archive ​feature to ​transfermessages that are older than six months to an archive ​file.
[C] INTERNET a set of ​documents and ​files that are ​available on the ​internet for ​people to ​look at: An ​online archive exists with all of those ​reviews.

archiveverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈɑːkaɪv/
to ​store old ​records or ​documents so that you can ​access them again in the future: The ​file was archived about a ​year ago after a ​worker wrongly ​labeled it as ​inactive.
IT to ​storeelectronicinformation that you no ​longer need to use ​regularly in a ​specialfile that uses less ​space on your ​computer: In all, 31,000 archived e-mails ​thought to have been ​deleted were later uncovered.
archiving
noun [U]
The ​fragility of the ​discsmeans they aren't ​reliable enough for ​long-term archiving.
(Definition of archive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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