pre·​file ˌprē-ˈfī(-ə)l How to pronounce prefile (audio)
variants or pre-file
prefiled or pre-filed; prefiling or pre-filing

transitive verb

: to file (something) in advance
a prefiled flight plan
Only one piece of dam-related legislation was filed during the first of two weeks when state legislators can prefile bills before they start meeting next month.Andrew Shain

Examples of prefile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People magazine reported that Lachey, 49, has been ordered to attend anger management classes and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as part of a prefiling diversion program, citing a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 22 Mar. 2023 The Love Is Blind co-host, 49, is taking part in a prefiling diversion program, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office confirms to PEOPLE. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 21 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prefile was in 1957

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Cite this Entry

“Prefile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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