ldoce_115_efoldfold1 /fəʊld $ foʊld/ ●●○W3 verb1bend [transitive]FOLD to bend a piece of paper, cloth etc by laying or pressing one part over anotherFold the paper along the dotted line.It’ll fit in if you fold it in half.fold something over/under/down etcSpoon the filling onto the dough, fold it over, and press down the edges.2smaller/neater [transitive] (also fold up)DH to fold something severaltimes so that it makes a small neatshape → unfoldI wish you kids would fold up your clothes!He folded the map neatly.3furniture etc [intransitive, transitive]DHFFOLD if something such as a piece of furniture folds, or you fold it, you make it smaller or move it to a different position by bending itThe chairs fold flat for storage.fold (something) away/up/down etca useful little bed that folds away when you don’t need itCan you fold the shutters back? →folding4 →fold your arms5business [intransitive] (also fold up)BB if an organization folds, it closes because it does not have enough money to continue6cover [transitive always + adverb/preposition]COVER to cover something, especially by wrapping it in material or putting your hand over itfold something in somethinga silver dagger folded in a piece of white cloth7 →fold somebody in your arms →fold something ↔ in→ See Verb table
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fold• The decision to keep it at 23 means fewer fixtures, less money and a greater likelihood of furtherclubsfolding.• One of the most important newspapers in the region has folded.• The blankets were folded at the bottom of the bed.• The chairsfoldflat for easystorage.• His thincompanionfolded his limbs like an insect as he sat down.• He folded his newspaper and handed it to me.• The napkins were folded into neat triangles.• He folded it into its whiteenvelope.• Before getting into bed, I usually fold my clothes and put them on the chair.• Doug folded the check and put it in his wallet.• Then fold the dough over the filling, pinching the two sides together until you have a half-moon dumpling.• Tom folded the letter in half and stuck it in his pocket.• The young man left the stage and the curtainsfolded together.• Fold up your clothes, don't just throw them on the floor!• Most of the companies dependent on the steel works folded within weeks.fold ... in half• Cutting out Fold the fabric in half.• Margaret and a few others seemed relieved to get him down, his canes clattering and his body folding in half.• Scorecard on the wrong side and then fold in half.• Score on the wrong side and then fold the card in half.• Take away a sheet of paper or fold one in half each time to make the game more difficult.• Then fold the paper in half lengthwise and write a separatelist of solutions.• First have them fold the card in half lengthwise.• How to tie it 1 Fold the rope in half so that there's a loop in the middle.fold (something) away/up/down etc• She draws into herself again, folds herself up.• The seat can be used in both forward and rear-facing positions and it only needs one hand to fold it down.• It was obvious they must have read the note, but I said nothing and folded it up again.• Then she folded it up and put it carefully in a pocket in her new handbag.• Jeopardy was leaning against the wall, his head thrown back, armsfolded, looking down at Amber with inscrutable eyes.• I put that head back where it used to be and fold that canvas up the way it used to be.• I would fold it up with great care every morning.fold something in something• Some old pennies were folded in the handkerchief.
foldfold2 ●○○ noun [countable]1lineFOLD a line made in paper or material when you fold one part of it over anotherBend back the card and cut along the fold.2skin/material [usually plural]CF the folds in material, skin etc are the loose parts that hang over other parts of itHer dress hung in soft folds.3 →the fold4sheepTA a small area of a fieldsurrounded by a wall or fence where sheep are kept for safetySYN pen, → corral5rock technicalHEG a bend in layers of rock, caused by undergroundmovements in the earth
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fold• An arm-chair had been pushed to the side; it had pulled a fold in the carpet.• Camels have an extrafold of skin on their eyelids to keep out the sand.• She with his quicksketch of her as Madonnaascending in folds upon modest folds of garments.• She opened the note in her hand, sighing with great impatience at its folds.• A little fold of the veil can be drawn aside to disclose his mood at that time.• Cut the paper along the fold.• He hid the knife in the folds of his robe.• But if pastsuccess is any guide, another Nasdaq company will join the fold before long.• She lay there in the narrow bed, her chinresting on the fold of the sheet.• Nuadu thought that a glitter of amusement showed from within the folds of the hood.• In addition to the ordinaryvocalcords, the catpossesses a secondpair of structures called vestibular folds, or false vocal cords.hung in ... folds• The rain had soaked into his cloak as he slept, and it hung in heavy damp folds on his shoulders.-fold-fold /fəʊld $ foʊld/ suffix1[in adjectives]TYPE of a particular number of kindsThe government’s role in health care is twofold: first, to provide the resources and, second, to make them work better for patients.2[in adverbs]INCREASE IN NUMBER OR AMOUNT a particular number of timesThe value of the house has increased fourfold (=it is now worth four times as much as before).From King Business Dictionaryfoldfold /fəʊldfoʊld/ (also fold up) verb [intransitive]ECONOMICSif a business folds or folds up, it stops operating or trading because it does not have enough money to continueThe U.K. engineering firm has folded today with the loss of 30 jobs.His jewellery importing business folded in less than a year.As the recession deepened, the company folded up. →fold something into something→ See Verb table-fold-fold /fəʊldfoʊld/ suffixa particular number of timesThe value of the house has increased fourfold in the last ten years (=it is now worth four times as much as it was ten years ago).Origin-foldOld English-fealdfold1Old Englishfealdanfold21. (1200-1300) → FOLD12. Old English falod