American English

Definition of fold verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fold
    he / she / it folds
    past simple folded
    -ing form folding
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  1. 1[transitive] to bend something, especially paper or cloth, so that one part lies on top of another part fold something (up) He folded the map up and put it in his pocket. First,fold the paper in half/in two. fold something (back, down, over, etc.) The blankets had been folded down. a pile of neatly folded clothes The bird folded its wings. opposite unfold see also foldup
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to bend something so that it becomes smaller or flatter and can be stored or carried more easily; to bend or be able to bend in this way fold something (away/down/up) The bed can be folded away during the day. fold (away/up) The table folds up when not in use. (figurative) When she heard the news, her legs just folded under her (= she fell). + adj. The ironing board folds flat for easy storage.
  3. 3[transitive] to wrap something around someone or something fold A in B She gently folded the baby in a blanket. fold B around/over A She folded a blanket around the baby.
  4. 4[intransitive] (of a company, a play, etc.) to close because it is not successful The new musical folded after only twenty performances.
  5. Idioms
    fold your arms
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    to put one of your arms over the other one and hold them against your body He stood watching her with his arms folded across his chest.
    fold your hands
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    to bring or hold your hands together with the fingers bent She kept her hands folded in her lap.
    fold somebody in your arms (literary)
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    to put your arms around someone and hold them against your body
    Phrasal Verbsfold somethingin
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fold