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English definition of “file”

file

noun [C]     /faɪl/
IT a collection of information that is stored on a computer as one unit under one name: text/computer/image file Click on the command and a box pops up showing how big the text file is and how long it should take to save to your hard drive.save/create/copy a file It's best to save the file to a common directory.open/read/view a file You will need Adobe Acrobat installed in order to open the file.write to/edit a file It is necessary to designate a group of people who are allowed to edit the file.close/delete a file If you reboot your computer with the startup disk in the drive, you'll get to a prompt from which you can delete the file.
a written record kept on a person, subject, or organization: Employees who get an award for good work have a notice of it put in their employee file. The FBI does not keep a file on every citizen of the United States.refer to/read a file The company won't know the full details until they have read his file.
a container used to store papers and other documents together, especially in an office: Many organizations are doing good work around policy, but too often it sits forgotten in a file somewhere.
on file kept as part of a written record on paper or on a computer: I received an acknowledgment from the HR department that my name was on file. You should keep it on file for future reference.
→ See also box file, data file, log file, PDF, box file, program file, text file, zip file
(Definition of file noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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