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Topic: BUSINESS BASICS

Language: Old English
Origin: fealdan

fold

1 verb
     
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bend

[transitive] to bend a piece of paper, cloth etc by laying or pressing one part over another:
Fold the paper along the dotted line.
It'll fit in if you fold it in half.
fold something over/under/down etc
Spoon the filling onto the dough, fold it over, and press down the edges.
2

smaller/neater

also fold up [transitive]DH to fold something several times so that it makes a small neat shape [↪ unfold]:
I wish you kids would fold up your clothes!
He folded the map neatly.
3

furniture etc

[intransitive and transitive] if something such as a piece of furniture folds, or you fold it, you make it smaller or move it to a different position by bending it:
The chairs fold flat for storage.
fold (something) away/up/down etc
a useful little bed that folds away when you don't need it
Can you fold the shutters back?
folding
4

fold your arms

to bend your arms so that they rest together against your body:
George stood silently with his arms folded.
5

business

also fold up [intransitive]BB if an organization folds, it closes because it does not have enough money to continue
6

cover

[transitive always + adverb/preposition] to cover something, especially by wrapping it in material or putting your hand over it
fold something in something
a silver dagger folded in a piece of white cloth
7

fold somebody in your arms

literary to hold someone closely by putting your arms around them

fold something ↔ in

phrasal verb
DFC to gently mix another substance into a mixture when you are preparing food:
Next, fold in the sugar.
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