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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.
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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)
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