n. a group of documents related by use or topic, typically housed in a folder (or a group of folders for a large file) (plural, files) the whole of a collection of records Computingcollections of data stored for use by a computer; see data file v. to store documents in an organized collection for safekeeping and future reference to present a document to the clerk of a court or recorder so that it can be entered into the official record to initiate a lawsuit


File1 in the singular generally refers to related documents that are kept together in one or a few folders. In the plural, it typically indicates a larger collection of all or part of an organization's records.