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file

noun  /fɑɪl/ us  

file noun (COLLECTION)

[C/U] a folded piece of stiff paper used to store papers, letters, or other documents in an ordered way, esp. in an office, or a box or container in which documents are stored: [C] You’ll find it in the files under C. [U] We keep your records on file for five years. [C/U] A file in a computer is a collection of information stored as one unit with one name: [C] I’m going to copy/save this file.

file noun (LINE)

[C/U] a line of people or animals, one behind another: [U] They walked (in) single file.

file noun (TOOL)

[C] a usually flat tool with rough surfaces for rubbing objects to make them smooth or to change their shape

file

verb  /fɑɪl/ us  

file verb (STORE)

[T] to store papers, letters, or other documents in an ordered or particular way: We file the reports by zip code. [T] To file something can mean to make an official record of it, or to begin a legal process: to file an insurance claim to file criminal charges

file verb (WALK IN LINE)

[I always + adv/prep] to walk in a line, one behind another: The bride’s family filed in.

file verb (USE TOOL)

[I/T] to use a tool with rough surfaces in order to make an object smooth or to change its shape: [T] She carefully filed her nails before applying nail polish.
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