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file is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
figure - file - fill

file is on the Academic Word List.







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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  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.