Meaning of “data” in the English Dictionary

"data" in British English

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datanoun [ U, + sing/pl verb ]

uk /ˈdeɪ.tə/ us /ˈdeɪ.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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(Definition of “data” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"data" in American English

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datanoun [ U ]

us /ˈdeɪ·t̬ə, ˈdæt̬·ə, ˈdɑt̬·ə/

mathematics, science information collected for use:

They had data on health, education, and economic development.
Note: Although originally a plural (the rarely used singular is datum) and used with a plural verb, data is now often used as an uncount noun with a singular verb.

(Definition of “data” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"data" in Business English

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datanoun [ U or plural ]

uk /ˈdeɪtə/ us

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.
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.

(Definition of “data” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)