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 money
4. ) 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/hands
to 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 LITERARY
to put your arms around someone
,fold `in or ,fold `into phrasal verb transitive fold something in/into something
1. ) 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 verb
1. ) 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.
fold 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 curtain
Her 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 flesh
3. ) 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.

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