- 1[transitive] to put and keep documents, etc. in a particular place and in a particular order so that you can find them easily; to put a document into a file file something (+ adv./prep.) The forms should be filed alphabetically. Please file it in my ‘Research’ file. file something away I filed the letters away in a drawer.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] (law) to present something so that it can be officially recorded and dealt with file for something to file for divorce file something to file a claim/complaint/petition/lawsuit file to do something He filed to divorce his wife. See related entries: Separation
- 3[transitive] file something (of a journalist) to send a report or a story to your employer
- 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to walk in a line of people, one after the other, in a particular direction The doors of the museum opened and the visitors began to file in.
- 5[transitive] file something (away/down, etc.) to cut or shape something or make something smooth using a file to file your nails Word Originverb senses 1 to 3 late Middle English (as a verb meaning ‘string documents on a thread or wire to keep them in order’): from French filer
verbjump to other results
BrE BrE//faɪl//; NAmE NAmE//faɪl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they file
BrE BrE//faɪl//; NAmE NAmE//faɪl//he / she / it files
BrE BrE//faɪlz//; NAmE NAmE//faɪlz//past simple filed
BrE BrE//faɪld//; NAmE NAmE//faɪld//past participle filed
BrE BrE//faɪld//; NAmE NAmE//faɪld//-ing form filing
BrE BrE//ˈfaɪlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaɪlɪŋ//Separation