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files, filing, filed

  1. N-COUNT A file is a box or a folded piece of heavy paper or plastic in which letters or documents are kept.

  2. N-COUNT: oft N of/on n A file is a collection of information about a particular person or thing.

  3. VERB If you file a document, you put it in the correct file.

  4. N-COUNT In computing, a file is a set of related data that has its own name.

  5. VERB If you file a formal or legal accusation, complaint, or request, you make it officially.

  6. VERB When someone files a report or a news story, they send or give it to their employer.

  7. VERB When a group of people files somewhere, they walk one behind the other in a line.

  8. N-COUNT A file is a hand tool which is used for rubbing hard objects to make them smooth, shape them, or cut through them.

  9. VERB If you file an object, you smooth it, shape it, or cut it with a file.

  10. See also nail file, rank and file

  11. PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v Something that is on file or on someone's files is recorded or kept in a file or in a collection of information.

  12. PHRASE: PHR after v A group of people who are walking or standing in single file or single file are in a line, one behind the other.

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fa͟ɪlA file is a box or a folded piece of heavy paper or plastic in which letters or documents are kept.Examples

He sat behind a table on which were half a dozen files.
...a file of insurance papers.

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Word forms


Basic forms
Present Participle (Participle I)filing
Past Participle (Participle II)filed
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I filewe file
you fileyou file
he/she/it filesthey file
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am filingwe are filing
you are filingyou are filing
he/she/it is filingthey are filing
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have filedwe have filed
you have filedyou have filed
he/she/it has filedthey have filed
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been filingwe have been filing
you have been filingyou have been filing
he/she/it has been filingthey have been filing
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I filedwe filed
you filedyou filed
he/she/it filedthey filed
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was filingwe were filing
you were filingyou were filing
he/she/it was filingthey were filing
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had filedwe had filed
you had filedyou had filed
he/she/it had filedthey had filed
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been filingwe had been filing
you had been filingyou had been filing
he/she/it had been filingthey had been filing
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will filewe shall/will file
you will fileyou will file
he/she/it will filethey will file
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be filingwe shall/will be filing
you will be filingyou will be filing
he/she/it will be filingthey will be filing
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have filedwe shall/will have filed
you will have filedyou will have filed
he/she/it will have filedthey will have filed
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been filingwe shall/will have been filing
you will have been filingyou will have been filing
he/she/it will have been filingthey will have been filing
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would filewe should/would file
you would fileyou would file
he/she/it would filethey would file
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be filingwe should/would be filing
you would be filingyou would be filing
he/she/it would be filingthey would be filing
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have filedwe should/would have filed
you would have filedyou would have filed
he/she/it would have filedthey would have filed
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been filingwe should/would have been filing
you would have been filingyou would have been filing
he/she/it would have been filingthey would have been filing
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am filedwe are filed
you are filedyou are filed
he/she/it is filedthey are filed
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being filedwe are being filed
you are being filedyou are being filed
he/she/it is being filedthey are being filed
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been filedwe have been filed
you have been filedyou have been filed
he/she/it has been filedthey have been filed
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was filedwe were filed
you were filedyou were filed
he/she/it was filedthey were filed
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being filedwe were being filed
you were being filedyou were being filed
he/she/it was being filedthey were being filed
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been filedwe had been filed
you had been filedyou had been filed
he/she/it had been filedthey had been filed
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be filedwe shall/will be filed
you will be filedyou will be filed
he/she/it will be filedthey will be filed
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been filedwe shall/will have been filed
you will have been filedyou will have been filed
he/she/it will have been filedthey will have been filed


Common casefilefiles
Possessive casefile'sfiles'