file verb

1 put sth in a file

ADV. carefully | alphabetically | away These notes should be carefully filed away for future reference.

PREP. under The card is filed alphabetically under the name of the editor.

2 record sth officially

ADV. formally He has now formally filed a complaint against the police.

PREP. for to file for bankruptcy/divorce | with A copy of the notice must be filed with the court.

3 walk in line

ADV. silently | out, past The long line of mourners filed silently past.

PREP. in, into, out of, past, through