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verb file pronunciation in British English /faɪl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlefiling
past tensefiled
past participlefiled
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  1. 1
    [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.
  2. 2
    [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’.
  3. 3



    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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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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