Language: Old English
Origin: fealdan


1 verb
Related topics: Business Basics, Household


[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.


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.

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?

fold your arms

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


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


[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

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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