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noun fold pronunciation in British English /fəʊld/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a bend or line on a piece of paper or cloth that you make when you press one part of it over another
    Make a second fold 5 centimetres above the first.
    Open the paper flat and cut along the fold.
  2. 2
    [countable] [usually plural] a curved piece of cloth that hangs in a loose way
    the soft folds of the curtain
    Her elegant legs were hidden in the folds of her skirt.
    1. a.
      [countable] an area of skin that hangs in a loose way on someones body
      folds of fat flesh
  3. 4
    [countable] British literary an area of low land between hills
    The village is hidden in a deep fold of the hills.
  4. 5

    the fold

    a group of people who share the same ideas or aims or who live or work together
    in the fold: He is now firmly back in the conservative fold.
    return/come back to the fold: Emily longed to return to the family fold.
    bring someone back to the fold: We are hoping that these policies will bring reluctant voters back to the fold.
    leave/stray from the fold: Many Western Marxists left the Communist fold in the 1970s.


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