Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “fold”

See all translations

fold

verb  /foʊld/ us  

fold verb (BEND)

[I/T] to bend something such as paper or cloth so that one part of it lies on the other part, or to be able bend in this way: [T] He took his clothes out of the dryer and carefully folded them. [M] She folded up the map and put it back in her bag. [I] The tray table folds up so that it fits in a closet. [I/T] If you fold your hands or arms, you bring them together and cross them: [T] He folded his arms across his chest.

fold verb (FAIL)

[I] (of a business) to close because of failure: Many small businesses fold within the first year.
Phrasal verbs

fold

noun  /foʊld/ us  

fold noun (BEND)

[C] a line or mark where paper, cloth, etc. was or is folded: If you just make folds along the dotted lines, you can seal it and mail it as an envelope.

fold noun (SHARED BELIEFS)

[C/U] the safety or comfort of belonging to a group that shares the same beliefs: [U] The Democrats attracted many immigrants to the fold. [C/U] A fold is a fenced area on a farm where sheep are kept during the night.
(Definition of fold verb, noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of fold?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “fold” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

piglet

a baby pig

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More