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noun fold pronunciation in British English /fəʊld/ 
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singularfold
pluralfolds
  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.

  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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