how to pronounce defile


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The above transcription of defile is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association. You can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

defile is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of defile in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… who would defile the statue or anyone …”

meanings of defile


  1. To make unclean, dirty, or impure; soil; befoul.
  2. To march in a single file; to file.
  3. To deprive or ruin someone's (sexual) purity or chastity, often not consensually; stain; tarnish; mar; rape.
  4. To vandalize or add inappropriate contents to something considered sacred or special; desecrate.


  1. The act of defilading a fortress, or of raising the exterior works in order to protect the interior.
  2. A narrow way or passage, e.g. between mountains.
  3. A single file, such as of soldiers.

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