- 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 fold-up
- 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[transitive] to wrap something around somebody/something fold A in B She gently folded the baby in a blanket. fold B round/over A She folded a blanket around the baby.
- 4[intransitive] (of a company, a play, etc.) to close because it is not successful The new musical folded after only twenty performances. Word Originverb Old English falden, fealden, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vouwen and German falten. Extra examplesHe carefully folded the typed sheets and replaced them in the envelope. Her hands lay gently folded in her lap. I folded up the clothes and put them away. She folded the clothes into a neat bundle. She folded the piece of paper in half. First, fold the paper in half. He walked in carrying a pile of neatly folded clothes. Her fan club has folded. His business folded and his wife left him. The musical folded after 16 performances. When she heard the news, her legs just folded under her.Idioms 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. to bring or hold your hands together She kept her hands folded in her lap. (literary) to put your arms around somebody and hold them against your body Phrasal Verbsfold somethingin
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BrE BrE//fəʊld//; NAmE NAmE//foʊld//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fold
BrE BrE//fəʊld//; NAmE NAmE//foʊld//he / she / it folds
BrE BrE//fəʊldz//; NAmE NAmE//foʊldz//past simple folded
BrE BrE//ˈfəʊldɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfoʊldɪd//past participle folded
BrE BrE//ˈfəʊldɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfoʊldɪd//-ing form folding
BrE BrE//ˈfəʊldɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfoʊldɪŋ//