- fold1 [ fould ] verb **1. ) transitive to bend a piece of paper or cloth and press one part of it over another part:Carrie folded the note and slid it into her purse.fold something in half/two: Fold the paper in half diagonally.fold something neatly/carefully: She folded the towel neatly and hung it over the rail.a ) to cover something by bending a piece of paper or cloth around it:fold something in something: She picked up the insect and gently folded it in a handkerchief.fold something around something: He folded the blanket carefully around the baby.2. ) intransitive or transitive if something folds or you can fold it, you can bend part of it so that it becomes smaller and easier to carry or store:Jed folded the pocketknife and put it into his front pocket.fold (something) up/down/away: The bed folds away conveniently for storage.fold (something) flat: The table folds flat for easy storage.3. ) fold or fold up intransitive if a business folds, it closes because it is not able to make enough money4. ) intransitive if your legs fold, they suddenly become weak and unable to support your weight, so that you fall to the ground:Sue felt her legs folding under her, then she fainted.fold your arms/handsto cross one arm or hand over the other:The border guard folded his arms across his chest and glared.fold someone in your arms MAINLY LITERARYto put your arms around someone,fold `in or ,fold `into phrasal verb transitive fold something in/into something1. ) to use a spoon or knife to add something slowly and gently to a mixture:Fold the cocoa into the cake batter.2. ) to combine things that were previously separate so they can be dealt with together:The bill would fold three agencies into the State Department in a cost-saving plan.,fold `up phrasal verb1. ) transitive to make something smaller by bending it over on itself more than once:His clothes were neatly folded up on a chair.2. ) intransitive same as FOLD1 3:Two months later the company folded up.foldfold 2 [ fould ] noun *1. ) count a bend or line on a piece of paper or cloth that you make when you press one part of it over another:Make a second fold 5 inches above the first.Open the paper flat and cut along the fold.2. ) count usually plural a curved piece of cloth that hangs in a loose way:the soft folds of the curtainHer elegant legs were hidden in the folds of her skirt.a ) count an area of skin that hangs in a loose way on someone's body:folds of fat flesh3. ) the fold a group of people who share the same ideas or goals or who live or work together:in the fold: He is now firmly back in the conservative fold.return/come back to the fold: Emily longed to return to the family fold.bring someone back to the fold: We are hoping that these policies will bring reluctant voters back to the fold.leave/stray from the fold: Many Western Marxists left the Communist fold in the 1970s.4. ) count a small area enclosed by a fence or wall in a field, used for keeping sheep
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.