folds, folding, folded
1) VERB If you fold something such as a piece of paper or cloth, you bend it so that one part covers another part, often pressing the edge so that it stays in place.

[V n] He folded the paper carefully...

[V n prep/adv] Fold the omelette in half...

[V n prep/adv] Fold the blanket back.

[V-ed] ...a folded towel.

2) N-COUNT A fold in a piece of paper or cloth is a bend that you make in it when you put one part of it over another part and press the edge.

Make another fold and turn the ends together.

3) N-COUNT: usu pl The folds in a piece of cloth are the curved shapes which are formed when it is not hanging or lying flat.

The priest fumbled in the folds of his gown.

4) V-ERG If a piece of furniture or equipment folds or if you can fold it, you can make it smaller by bending or closing parts of it.

[V adv/prep] The back of the bench folds forward to make a table...

[V adj] This portable seat folds flat for easy storage...

[V n] Check if you can fold the buggy without having to remove the raincover.

[V-ing] ...a folding beach chair. [Also V n adj]

Fold up means the same as fold.

V P When not in use it folds up out of the way... V n P Fold the ironing board up so that it is flat.

5) VERB If you fold your arms or hands, you bring them together and cross or link them, for example over your chest.

[V n] Meer folded his arms over his chest and turned his head away...

[V n] Mrs Ringrose sat down and folded her hands in her lap.

6) VERB If a business or organization folds, it is unsuccessful and has to close. [mainly BRIT]

But as other shops fold, the march of the superstores continues...

2,500 small businesses were folding each week.

7) N-SING: the/poss N, usu the supp N When someone joins an organization or group, you can say that they have come into the fold. When they leave the organization or group, you can say that they leave the fold.

The EC brought Spain, Greece and Portugal into the fold...

He might find it difficult to return to the family fold even when he realizes his mistake.

Phrasal Verbs:

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