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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyfold up
he/she/itfolds up
present participlefolding up
past tensefolded up
past participlefolded up

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    [transitive] to make something smaller by bending it over on itself more than once

    His clothes were neatly folded up on a chair.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] same as fold1 (sense 3)

    Two months later the company folded up.

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