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verb file pronunciation in American English /faɪl/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyfile
he/she/itfiles
present participlefiling
past tensefiled
past participlefiled
  1. 1
    [transitive] to put a document into a container with other documents

    Please file the invoices in chronological order.

    file something under something:

    Letters of complaint are filed under “problems.”

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if people file somewhere, they walk there in a line

    The soldiers filed past the podium.

    file into/across etc.:

    Students filed into the lecture hall.

  3. 3

    file

    or

    file down

    [transitive] to rub something with a metal tool in order to make it smooth or to cut it

    She sat quietly filing her nails.

    file through something:

    They had somehow managed to file through the metal bars.

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