1 verb
1 BEND (T) to bend a piece of paper, cloth etc by laying or pressing one part over another: Fold the paper along the dotted line. | fold sth in two/half: The woman folded the tickets in two and tore them in half.
2 MAKE STH SMALLER/NEATER (T) also fold up to fold something several times so that it makes a small neat shape: I wish you kids would fold up your clothes!
a) (I) if something such as a piece of furniture folds in a particular way, it is designed so that part of it can be folded to make it smaller
(+ away/up/down etc): a useful little bed that folds away when you don't need it
b) (T) to fold or bend part of something such as a piece of furniture to make it smaller : fold sth down/up/away etc: Can you fold up these chairs while I clean the floor?
4 fold your arms/legs etc to bend your arms or legs, especially so that they are resting against your body: George stood silently with his arms folded.
5 BUSINESS (I) also fold up if an organization folds or folds up, it closes because it does not have enough money to continue
6 COVER (T) to cover something, especially by wrapping it in material or putting your hand over it : fold sth in sth: a silver dagger folded in a piece of white cloth
7 fold sb in your arms especially literary to hold someone closely by putting your arms around them
fold sth in phrasal verb (T) to gently mix another substance into a mixture when you are preparing food: Fold in the sugar and whisk until stiff. 2 noun (C)
1 LINE a line made in paper or material when you fold one part of it over another: Bend back the card and cut along the fold.
2 LOOSE SKIN/MATERIAL (usually plural)
a) a rounded shape made by folded material: Ahmed had a dagger concealed in the folds of his robe.
b) an area of loose folded skin: The old dog had thick folds of skin around its neck.
3 the fold the group of people that you belong to and share the same beliefs and ideas as : return/come back to the fold: Many Democrats who voted Republican in the 80s have now returned to the fold. | stray from/leave the fold: a former advocate of free market economics who had strayed from the fold
4 SHEEP a small area of a field surrounded by a wall or fence where sheep are kept for safety
5 ROCK technical a bend in layers of rock, caused by underground movements in the earth
6 VALLEY literary a small narrow valley

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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