data Definition

  • 1facts or information used for making calculations or decisions
  • 2information, especially facts or numbers, collected to be examined and considered and used to help decision-making

Using data: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "data" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The data shows that the company's profits have increased this quarter.

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    We need more data to make an informed decision.

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    The study was based on data collected from various sources.

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    The data is stored in a secure server.

data Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for data

Phrases with data

  • extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions


    The company uses big data to analyze customer behavior and preferences.

  • the practice of examining large databases in order to generate new information or knowledge


    The researchers used data mining techniques to identify patterns in the data.

  • an incident in which sensitive, protected or confidential data has been viewed, stolen or used by an unauthorized individual


    The company suffered a major data breach, compromising the personal information of millions of customers.

Origins of data

from Latin 'datum', meaning 'something given'


Summary: data in Brief

The term 'data' [ˈdeɪtə] refers to information or facts used for decision-making or analysis. It can be collected from various sources and stored securely. 'Data' extends into phrases like 'big data,' referring to extremely large data sets, and 'data mining,' the practice of examining large databases to generate new information. 'Data breach' refers to the unauthorized access of sensitive information.

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