file-v; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: officially register something, as a document or claim

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent] FILE NP2[patient] NP1[agent] FILE (PP{P NP})

Tom and Mary have filed for divorce.
They are not going to file charges against the tire manufacturer.
We filed our taxes early this year.
The neighbors filed a complaint about the loud parties next door.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Submitting_documents
PropBank: file.01,file.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4

Sense Number 2: smooth a surface with an instrument

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] FILE NP2[patient] (PP{P NP[instrument]})

Sally filed her fingernails with an emory board.
He filed the edges smooth on the metal bar.

VerbNet: wipe_instr-10.4.2,carve-21.2-2,braid-41.2.2
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: proceed in a line

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[topic] FILE PP NP1[topic] FILE ADVP
NOTE: intransitive usage Includes: FILE IN, FILE OUT

The protesters filed peacefully down Main Street.
The parents watched their children file in wearing costumes.
The ballet troupe filed out, each one bowing as they exited the stage.

VerbNet: escape-51.1
FrameNet: Self_motion
PropBank: file.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
file_out 1
file_in 1

Sense Number 4: place or store according to a systematic scheme

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] FILE NP2[patient] (PP)
NOTE: What is filed is usually paperwork, but could be a hobbyist's collection, mental representation, etc. Includes: FILE AWAY

File these papers.
I need a new folder to file these bills.
File these specimens in the second drawer.
John files away the theater bills from every Broadway show.

VerbNet: pocket-9.10
FrameNet: Placing
PropBank: file.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
file_away 1, 2