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noun [countable] file pronunciation in American English /faɪl/
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  1. 1
    a set of papers, documents, or records that you keep because they contain information
    The insurance company may want to check your medical files.
    file on: The police file on this particular case has now been closed.
    keep/hold a file on something/someone: The company keeps personal files on all its employees.
    on file (=kept in a file): We have all your information on file.
    1. a.
      computing a set of information on a computer
      First, you have to create a new file.
      I’ve forgotten the name of the file.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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