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Definition of file:

  1. A roll or list.
  2. A row of soldiers ranged one behind another; - in contradistinction to rank, which designates a row of soldiers standing abreast.
  3. A shrewd or artful person.
  4. A steel instrument, having cutting ridges or teeth, made by indentation with a chisel, used for abrading or smoothing other substances, as metals, wood, etc.
  5. An orderly collection of papers, arranged in sequence or classified for preservation and reference; as, files of letters or of newspapers; this mail brings English files to the 15th instant.
  6. An orderly succession; a line; a row
  7. Anything employed to smooth, polish, or rasp, literally or figuratively.
  8. Course of thought; thread of narration.
  9. The line, wire, or other contrivance, by which papers are put and kept in order.
  10. To bring before a court or legislative body by presenting proper papers in a regular way; as, to file a petition or bill.
  11. To make foul; to defile.
  12. To march in a file or line, as soldiers, not abreast, but one after another; - generally with off.
  13. To put upon the files or among the records of a court; to note on ( a paper) the fact date of its reception in court.
  14. To rub, smooth, or cut away, with a file; to sharpen with a file; as, to file a saw or a tooth.
  15. To set in order; to arrange, or lay away, esp. as papers in a methodical manner for preservation and reverence; to place on file; to insert in its proper place in an arranged body of papers.
  16. To smooth or polish as with a file.

Synonyms:

deposit, charge up, data file, filing cabinet, string, cross-file, bear down, load, appoint, line, row, pigeonhole, agitate, accommodate, shoot down, shoot, institutionalize, queue, line, saddle, register, stick, show, archive, group, turn on, send, recorded, rank, accuse, commit, rank, Indian file, charge, repository, steel, rasp, data, column, lodge, burden, file away, single file, point, consign, column, excite, rouse, blame, buck, cataloged, institutionalise, folder, tear, tier, row, commove, read, registered, file cabinet.

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