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verb     fold pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlefolding
past tensefolded
past participlefolded
  1. 1
    [transitive] to bend a piece of paper or cloth and press one part of it over another part

    Carrie folded the letter and slid it into a drawer.

    fold something in half/two:

    Fold the paper in half diagonally.

    fold something neatly/carefully:

    She folded the towel neatly and hung it over the rail.

    fold something over/back/down:

    Fold the left flap over and hold it down.

    1. a.
      to cover something by bending a piece of paper or cloth around it
      fold something in something:

      She picked up the insect and gently folded it in a handkerchief.

      fold something around something:

      He folded the newspaper carefully around the plants.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if something folds, or if you can fold it, you can bend part of it so that it becomes smaller and easier to carry or store

    Jim folded the penknife and slipped it into his pocket.

    fold (something) up/down/away:

    The bed folds away conveniently for storage.

    fold (something) flat:

    The table folds flat for easy storage.

  3. 3



    fold up

    [intransitive] if a business folds, it closes because it is not able to make enough money
  4. 4
    [intransitive] if your legs fold, they suddenly become weak and unable to support your weight, so that you fall to the ground

    Sue felt her legs folding under her, then she fainted.

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