data

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdɑːtə/, /ˈdeɪtə/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈdeɪtə, ˈdætə/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(dātə, datə, dätə)



Inflections of 'data' (nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."):
datum
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
data
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (The use of data as a singular mass noun, once considered incorrect, is now increasingly accepted in English.)
From datum (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.):
datums
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (For surveying senses only)
data
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (All other usages)
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
data
Data is information, usually in the form of facts or statistics that can be analysed.
Such tasks require the worker to process a large amount of data.
This will make the data easier to collect.
Data is usually regarded as an uncountable noun and is used with a singular form of a verb.
2010 is the latest year for which data is available.
The latest data shows that lending fell by 10% in May.
People usually say this data, rather than ‘these data’.
Processing this data only takes a moment.
In some formal and scientific writing, data is used with a plural form of a verb, and these data is used instead of ‘this data’.
The economic data are inconclusive.
To cope with these data, hospitals bought large mainframe computers.
In other kinds of writing and in conversation, people usually use data as an uncountable noun.
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