filefile2 ●●○ S3 W3 AWL verb 1 [transitive]KEEP/STORE to keep papers, documents etc in a particular place so that you can find them easily The contracts are filed alphabetically.file something under something I looked to see if anything was filed under my name.file something away The handbooks are filed away for future reference.2 [transitive] to give or send an official report or news story to your employer The officer left the scene without filing a report.3 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] lawRECORD to give a document to a court or other organization so that it can be officially recorded and dealt withfile a complaint/lawsuit/petition etc (against somebody) Mr Genoa filed a formal complaint against the department.file for The Morrisons have filed for divorce. Today is the deadline for Americans to file their tax returns.4 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]LINE if people file somewhere, they walk there in a line We began to file out into the car park. The mourners filed past the coffin.5 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]TZD to use a metal or wooden tool to rub something in order to make it smooth File down the sharp edges. She sat filing her nails.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusfile• Slawa filed a copy of the contract he'd signed.• Federal indictments have been returned against 47 defendants, and state charges have been filed against 77.• All the students' records are filed alphabetically.• On the other hand, some accountants say they will bill clients if legal changes force them to file an amended return.• Once a complaint is received it is usually filed away and forgotten.• I filed away my notes and manuscripts.• Smith Corona files for Chapter 11.• Alice sat at her desk, filing her nails.• My father was, had cancer, he filed his claim, he had to wait his five months.• Barb, could you file these papers for me?• On Sept. 29,1995, an aggravated battery incident report was filed with Metro-Dade Police.filed alphabetically• Each lexical item is given its own card and is filed alphabetically.• The reservation form and confirmation slip copy are then filed alphabetically in date of arrival order. 6.• These forms are filed alphabetically, the expiry date carefully noted and systematically cleared out after the expiry date has elapsed.filed for divorce• Danielle has since filed for divorce.• Flinn says this guy lied to her, saying he was legally separated from his wife and had filed for divorce.• Like the dated documents that mark the summer Jerry and I filed for divorce.• Sam's split: Actor Ted Danson's wife has filed for divorce.• The very next day I saw a solicitor and filed for divorce.• They want us to believe irreconcilable differences are the reason she filed for divorce?• Though she has filed for divorce, Anne Mirretti, 38, asked the judge to have pity on her husband.• Packer has filed for divorce from his wife of 25 years.• But she filed for divorce in June last year after a series of violent rows.