data · noun U /ˈdeɪt̬.ə/Full view
data (FACTS)
B2 information or facts about something (in scientific English, this can be followed by a plural verb, where the singular form is "datum")
Dictionary examples:

The data was collected by various researchers.

Isotope data are corrected to the appropriate age for each sample.

Learner example:

I collected lots of data on different air, noise, water, sea and land pollution. (First Certificate in English; B2; Chinese)

B2 information in the form of text, numbers or symbols that can be used by or stored in a computer
Dictionary example:

Now the data is being transferred from magnetic tape to hard disk.

Learner example:

Save your data on the hard disk [bit] by [bit] - do not wait until the whole article is ready. (First Certificate in English; B2; Swedish)

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