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verb filter pronunciation in American English /ˈfɪltər/
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I/you/we/theyfilter
he/she/itfilters
present participlefiltering
past tensefiltered
past participlefiltered
  1. 1
    [transitive] to pass something through a filter to remove particular things contained in it
    All e-mails are automatically filtered through our virus software.
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  2. 2
    [intransitive] if light or sound filters into a place, only a little of it enters that place
    filter through/in/into, etc.: The August sunlight filtered in through the blinds.
    The noise of the traffic filtered through the heavy curtains.
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  3. 3
    [intransitive] if news or information filters out or through to people, they receive it gradually or after a period of time
    filter through/out/back, etc.: News of the decision filtered out to reporters.
    These new ideas have not yet filtered down to the salespeople.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] if people filter somewhere, they gradually go there
    filter in/into/out etc.: At 7:00 people began to filter into the theater.

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