Share this entry

fold
British English: /fəʊld/
American English: /foʊld/

Translation of fold in French:

noun

  • 1 (crease) (in fabric, paper, skin) the skirt/the curtain hung in soft folds
    la jupe/le rideau faisait des plis souples
  • 2 (Geography) a fold in the hills
    un repli des collines
  • also: -fold
    (dans composés) to increase twofold/threefold the problems are threefold
    il y a trois problèmes
    interest rates have increased ninefold
    les taux d'intérêt ont été multipliés par neuf

transitive verb

  • 1 (crease)
    plier (paper, towel, shirt, chair, table, umbrella)
    replier (wings)
    fold the paper in half ou two
    plie le papier en deux
    a folded sheet/newspaper
    un drap/journal plié
    fold some newspaper around the vases
    enveloppe les vases dans du papier journal
  • 2 (intertwine)
    croiser (arms)
    joindre (hands)
    he folded his arms across his chest
    il a croisé les bras
    she sat with her legs folded under her
    elle était assise les jambes repliées sous elle
    to fold somebody into one's arms
    serrer quelqu'un dans ses bras

intransitive verb

  • 1
    (chair, table)
    se plier

Idioms

to stay in/return to the fold

rester/rentrer au bercail

to return to the family/party fold

retourner au sein de sa famille/du parti

Phrasal verbs

fold away

1 fold away
(bed, table)
se plier:
2 fold away [something], fold [something] away
plier et ranger (clothes, linen)
replier (chair)

fold back

1 fold back
(door, shutters)
se rabattre (against contre)
2 fold back [something], fold [something] back
rabattre (shutters, sheet, sleeve, collar)

fold down

1 fold down
(car seat, pram hood)
se rabattre
2 fold [something] down, fold down [something]
replier (collar, flap, sheets)
rabattre (seat, pram hood)
to fold down the corner of the page
corner la page

fold in

fold in [something], fold [something] in
incorporer (sugar, flour)

fold out

fold out [something], fold [something] out
déplier (map, newspaper)

fold over

1 fold over
se rabattre
2 fold [something] over
rabattre (flap)

fold up

1 fold up
(chair, pram, umbrella)
se plier
2 fold [something] up, fold up [something]
plier (newspaper, chair, umbrella)
to fold something up again
replier quelque chose

Definition of fold in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score: