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file


File is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

  • (file)

Noun[change]

Singular
file

Plural
files

A file cabinet
Three files
  1. A file is a set of papers or records on a specific issue, person, etc.
    The letter should be in the file on the Herzog problem.
  2. A file is a set of information that can be opened, changed, and saved by a computer program.
    My computer won't read the Word file you e-mailed me last night.
  3. A file is a place to keep papers organised.
    Can you put this receipt in the file?
  4. A file is a tool with rough sides that you rub against something to make it smooth.
  5. A file is a line of people.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
file

Third-person singular
files

Past tense
filed

Past participle
filed

Present participle
filing

  1. (transitive) If you file papers or documents, you put them away in an organised way in one place.
    I filed the letter under "t" for taxes.
  2. (transitive) If you file a report or a story, you submit it to your employer or editor.
    What time did you file that story about the car crash?
  3. (transitive & intransitive) If you file a complaint, you make an official complaint.
  4. (transitive); (preposition) If people file somewhere, they go there in a line.
  5. (transitive & intransitive) If you file something, you rub it with a file to make it smooth.
    She went to the store for a manicure, which involves filing and polishing the nails.