From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishldoce_115_efoldfold1 /fəʊld $ foʊld/ ●●○ W3 verb 🔊 🔊 1 bend [transitive]FOLD 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 [transitive] (also fold up)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, transitive]DHFFOLD 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? → folding4 → fold your arms5 business [intransitive] (also fold up)BB if an organization folds, it closes because it does not have enough money to continue6 cover [transitive always + adverb/preposition]COVER to cover something, especially by wrapping it in material or putting your hand over itfold something in something 🔊 a silver dagger folded in a piece of white cloth7 → fold somebody in your arms → fold something ↔ in→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusfold• The decision to keep it at 23 means fewer fixtures, less money and a greater likelihood of further clubs folding.• One of the most important newspapers in the region has folded.• The blankets were folded at the bottom of the bed.• The chairs fold flat for easy storage.• His thin companion folded his limbs like an insect as he sat down.• He folded his newspaper and handed it to me.• The napkins were folded into neat triangles.• He folded it into its white envelope.• Before getting into bed, I usually fold my clothes and put them on the chair.• Doug folded the check and put it in his wallet.• Then fold the dough over the filling, pinching the two sides together until you have a half-moon dumpling.• Tom folded the letter in half and stuck it in his pocket.• The young man left the stage and the curtains folded together.• Fold up your clothes, don't just throw them on the floor!• Most of the companies dependent on the steel works folded within weeks.fold ... in half• Cutting out Fold the fabric in half.• Margaret and a few others seemed relieved to get him down, his canes clattering and his body folding in half.• Score card on the wrong side and then fold in half.• Score on the wrong side and then fold the card in half.• Take away a sheet of paper or fold one in half each time to make the game more difficult.• Then fold the paper in half lengthwise and write a separate list of solutions.• First have them fold the card in half lengthwise.• How to tie it 1 Fold the rope in half so that there's a loop in the middle.fold (something) away/up/down etc• She draws into herself again, folds herself up.• The seat can be used in both forward and rear-facing positions and it only needs one hand to fold it down.• It was obvious they must have read the note, but I said nothing and folded it up again.• Then she folded it up and put it carefully in a pocket in her new handbag.• Jeopardy was leaning against the wall, his head thrown back, arms folded, looking down at Amber with inscrutable eyes.• I put that head back where it used to be and fold that canvas up the way it used to be.• I would fold it up with great care every morning.fold something in something• Some old pennies were folded in the handkerchief.