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Pronunciation: /fəʊld/


[with object]
1Bend (something flexible and relatively flat) over on itself so that one part of it covers another: Sam folded up the map
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  • Place stuffing in the centre and then fold the sides together.
  • It would be nice to fold each side over about an inch and sew it just so it doesn't fray and start to look like a rag.
  • With the spatula, fold one side over the strip of cheese.
double, double over, double up, crease, turn under, turn up, turn over, bend, overlap;
tuck, gather, pleat, crimp, bunch
1.1 (fold something in/into) Mix an ingredient gently with (another ingredient), especially by lifting a mixture with a spoon so as to enclose it without stirring or beating: fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture
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  • Using a large metal spoon, fold the egg white into the batter.
  • Finally, very stiffly whisked egg whites are folded into the mixture.
  • To finish the bisque, in a medium bowl, using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the bisque until smooth.
mix, blend, stir gently;
envelop, introduce, spoon
1.2 [no object] (Of a piece of furniture or equipment) be able to be bent or rearranged into a flatter or more compact shape, typically in order to make it easier to store or carry: [with complement]: the deckchair folds flat (as adjective folding) a folding chair
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  • The smaller third-row seat folds flat into the floor, with the cushion sliding forward into the foot-well, and the backrest following it down.
  • The third seat folds flat, but unlike newer vehicles, doesn't disappear into the floor.
  • The equipment folds on to a lorry and the centrepiece is a half pipe that is hydraulically operated.
1.3Bend or rearrange (a piece of furniture or equipment) into a flatter or more compact shape: the small card table was folded up and put away
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  • The usual set-up of tables was gone, leaving the area blank; the tables were folded up and shoved to the various walls.
  • Reese had folded the seats down and laid crisp clean blankets down on them and had propped pillows up so Genesis could rest.
  • A longer load can be accommodated by folding the passenger seat.
1.4 [no object] (fold out) Be able to be opened out; unfold: the sofa folds out
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  • The main door popped open and the stairs folded out.
  • The sofa folds out into a bed - which is fully made and fairly comfortable.
  • The steel frame and the scrim it supports are folded out at the base and extended around the open edges of the piazza as a canopy.
1.5 Geology Cause (rock strata) to undergo bending or curvature: (as noun folding) a more active period of igneous activity caused intense folding
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  • Even the youngest Triassic rocks are strongly folded, in places by isoclinal, recumbent folds.
  • In the outcrop, this is a low-dipping cleavage folded by open steep folds.
  • Cross-cutting dykes are folded, partly transposed or boudinaged in the gneissose foliation.
1.6 Biochemistry (Of a polypeptide or polynucleotide chain) adopt a specific three-dimensional structure.
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  • Following cleavage of the 24 amino acid signal peptide the protein folds into proinsulin.
  • There were also force curves consistent with an attachment of a globular structure folded by an entangled DNA molecule.
  • The rate at which proteins fold decreases with increasing complexity of their folds, a ‘topological’ effect.
2 [with adverbial] Cover or wrap something in (a soft or flexible material): a bag was folded around the book
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  • Ten slips of paper were folded into a plastic bag, and they drew lots.
  • A flat strip of ‘soft’ iron is folded in half around a mandrel to create the socket.
  • The paper was successively folded over or covered so that each participant could not see what his or her predecessor had done.
2.1Hold or clasp (someone) in one’s arms affectionately or passionately: Bob folded her in his arms
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  • Bending his head, he pressed his lips gently against her own, folding her in his embrace before she could shy away.
  • He went to his new bride and, kneeling on the floor next to her chair, folded her into his embrace.
  • He folded her in a painful embrace and held onto her as if he was hanging on for sweet life itself.
enfold, wrap, wrap up, envelop;
take, gather, clasp, squeeze, clutch;
embrace, hug, cuddle, cradle
literary embosom
archaic strain
3 [no object] informal (Of an enterprise or organization) cease trading or operating as a result of financial problems: the club folded earlier this year
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  • The government would cut all the funding to NASA, and the organization would fold.
  • Remove that component and the whole enterprise could fold, denying a further service to the community.
  • However, the project folded because the instrument was too expensive for commercialization.
fail, collapse, crash, founder, be ruined, cave in;
go bankrupt, become insolvent, cease trading, go into receivership, go into liquidation, be liquidated, be wound up, be closed (down), be shut (down)
informal go bust, go broke, go bump, go under, go to the wall, go belly up, come a cropper, flop, flatline
3.1(Especially of a sports player or team) suddenly stop performing well or effectively.
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  • Then, this summer, our adopted Italian team folded with debts in the region of £100 million and the entire squad was put up for sale.
  • But, I was surprised when the Lankan team folded up under two sessions in the second innings of this Test.
  • The team is folding under pressure, and coach Pat Riley is getting angry.
3.2(In poker and other card games) drop out of a hand.
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  • When folding you permanently drop out of the betting and sacrifice any money you have already put into the pot during that deal.
  • One player folds, and Ness is left to deal with the man who has the biggest stack at the table.
  • I bet, get raised, and we end up capping it with the other player folding.


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1 (usually folds) A form or shape produced by the gentle draping of a loose, full garment or piece of cloth: the fabric fell in soft folds
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  • This is a long outer garment with loose folds and a head covering.
  • At the painting's optical center is a large, round table draped with folds of brilliant white cloth.
  • You might even want to throw in some fancier accordion pleats or other folds to make your shapes come to life.
pleat, gather, ruffle, bunch, turn, folded portion, double thickness, overlap, layer;
crease, knife-edge;
wrinkle, crinkle, pucker, furrow
1.1An area of skin that sags or hangs loosely.
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  • They are attracted to areas where the skin is thinner: folds around the ankles, backs of knees, waist, and underarms.
  • His face was so thick with sorrow it seemed to hang in the folds of the skin.
  • They have been completed to the finest detail - from the curving jaws to the tiniest folds of the skin or even the glint in the eyes.
2chiefly British A slight hill or hollow in the ground: the house lay in a fold of the hills
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  • Trudging up the glen, one comes gradually upon a little limewashed house clinging to a fold in the hills.
  • The topography is majestically varied, spreading in hills and folds into infinity.
  • He stood still, looking out across the moonlight, his head a little raised, and his ears spread like fans, up to the great folds of the Garo hills.
2.1 Geology A bend or curvature of strata.
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  • The Delamerian Orogen is a compressional orogen developed by westward vergent folds and thrust faults.
  • In the footwall of the antithetic fault, a drag fold creates an anticline which is best seen in quarry Q1.
  • In the study area, the surface geology of the foreland fold and thrust belt is dominated by the south Urals accretionary complex.
3A line or crease produced in paper or cloth as the result of folding it.
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  • Folding clothes gives a sharp crease along the fold line.
  • Open the paper and crease the folds back and forth to make the pages easier to form.
  • The folds have worn translucent lines into the rough drawing paper.
3.1A piece of paper or cloth that has been folded: a fold of paper slipped out of the diary
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  • Then I began to open the slippery paper out of its folds.
  • Laser-printed folds of computer paper began to spill from a slot in the far wall and form a stack on the floor.
  • Instead Sunil clenches his paper into folds, picks up his case, and gets off at Waterloo.


above (or below) the fold
1Printed in the top (or bottom) half of the front page of a broadsheet newspaper and so visible (or not visible) when the paper is folded: they’re holding four column inches above the fold
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  • What reporters really want is their byline on the front page above the fold.
  • It ran on Page One of the Star-Tribune, above the fold.
  • But, the former is above the fold on the front page of the NY Times.
2Positioned in the upper (or lower) half of a web page and so visible (or not visible) without scrolling down the page: click-through yield on ads below the fold is lower
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  • Your product should be displayed above the fold of your web page.
  • Place enough content above the fold to allow your visitor to make a decision about continuing on the site.
  • So what information you put above the fold is crucial.
fold one's arms
Bring one’s arms together and cross them over one’s chest.
Example sentences
  • She crossed her legs and folded her arms across her chest.
  • ‘Apparently they're getting back together,’ I said sighing and folding my arms against my chest.
  • Sulking a little, the boy folded his arms over his chest and sat with his legs crossed.
fold one's hands
Bring or hold one’s hands together.
Example sentences
  • Raising a silent finger to his lips, he slides into his chair and folds his hands together like nothing happened.
  • She folds her hands together, and gives me a serious look.
  • ‘Good, now that you are all here, I can give you the news,’ the doctor said, folding his hands together and closing his eyes.


Example sentences
  • The new foldable IOL's became popular in the 1990's.
  • The little thing has four wheels and a single, foldable seat.
  • With the optional foldable front passenger seat, maximum load length can be extended to 2.70 metres.


Old English falden, fealden, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vouwen and German falten.

Words that rhyme with fold

behold, bold, cold, enfold, foretold, gold, hold, mould (US mold), old, outsold, scold, self-controlled, sold, told, uncontrolled, undersold, unpolled, uphold, withhold, wold
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fold 2 Line breaks: fold
Pronunciation: /fəʊld/


1A pen or enclosure in a field where livestock, especially sheep, can be kept.
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  • Whaw comes from the Norse meaning ‘the enclosure near the fold where sheep are milked’.
  • Gaining the ridge above town alongside folds of snorting sheep, I was grateful for the breeze of a cloudy morning.
  • A very wise man says it is better to go after one stray sheep than stay with 99 sheep who are safe in the fold.
enclosure, pen, paddock, pound, compound, ring, stall;
sty, coop;
Scottish  parrock;
North American  corral;
South African  kraal;
in S. America potrero
1.1 (the fold) A group or community, especially when perceived as having shared aims and values: government whips tried to persuade the waverers back into the fold
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  • The community accepted me into the fold immediately - how could they not?
  • Angel killed Jenny, but he has been accepted back into the fold.
  • Once in the fold of the culture of jazz, you would find your own rhythm and feel energised, right from the start.
community, company, group, body, mass, throng, congregation, assembly;
Church, church membership, brethren, parishioners, churchgoers
informal flock


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Shut (livestock) in a fold.


Old English fald, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vaalt.

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