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foldverb

us   /foʊld/
  • 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

foldnoun

us   /foʊld/
  • 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.

-foldsuffix

us   /ˌfoʊld/
  • -fold suffix (NUMBER)

having the stated number of parts, or multiplied by the stated number: There has been more than a 30-fold increase in Internet users in the past two years.
(Definition of fold from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"fold" in British English

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foldverb

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.
[T] literary to wrap: She folded her baby in a blanket. He folded his arms around her.
fold your arms
to bring your arms close to your chest and hold them together
[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.

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  • fold verb (FAIL)

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

foldnoun [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.
specialized geology a bend in a layer of rock under the earth's surface caused by movement there
  • fold noun [C] (SHELTER)

a small area of a field surrounded by a fence where sheep can be put for shelter for the night
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.

-foldsuffix

uk   / -fəʊld/ us   / -foʊld/
(Definition of fold from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fold" in Business English

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foldverb [I]

uk   /fəʊld/ us  
if a business folds, it closes because of failure: The company folded after four years, having made heavy losses.
Phrasal verbs

-foldsuffix

having the stated number of parts, or multiplied by the stated number: The problems are twofold - firstly, economic, and secondly, political. In the last 50 years, there has been a 33-fold increase in the amount of pesticide used in farming.
(Definition of fold from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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