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fold

verb uk   /fəʊld/ us    /foʊld/

fold verb (BEND)

B1 [I or T] to bend something, especially paper or cloth, so that one part of it lies on the other part, or to be able to be bent in this way: I folded the letter (in half) and put it in an envelope. He had a neatly folded handkerchief in his jacket pocket. Will you help me to fold (up) the sheets? The table folds up when not in use.Making things more or less smooth or straight [T] to wrap: She folded her baby in a blanket. He folded his arms around her.Enclosing, surrounding and immersing fold your arms to bring your arms close to your chest and hold them togetherMaking things more or less smooth or straight [T] to move a part of your body into a position where it is close to your body: She sat with her legs folded under her.Making things more or less smooth or straight

fold verb (FAIL)

[I] (of a business) to close because of failure: Many small businesses fold within the first year.Starting, succeeding and failing in business

fold

noun [C] uk   /fəʊld/ us    /foʊld/

fold noun [C] (BEND)

a line or mark where paper, cloth, etc. was or is folded: Make a fold across the centre of the card.The style, appearance, and make-up of clothesMaking things more or less smooth or straight specialized geology a bend in a layer of rock under the Earth's surface caused by movement thereGeology - general words

fold noun [C] (SHELTER)

a small area of a field surrounded by a fence where sheep can be put for shelter for the nightAnimal Dwellings - man-madeAnimal dwellings - natural the fold your home or an organization where you feel you belong: Her children are all away at college now, but they always return to the fold during the holidays.Home
(Definition of fold verb, noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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