Definition of Fold in English :

Define Fold in English

Fold meaning in English

Meaning of Fold in English

Pronunciation of Fold in English

Fold pronunciation in English

Pronounce Fold in English


see synonyms of fold


1. bend, crease, crimp, flexure, fold, plication

an angular or rounded shape made by folding

Example Sentences:
'a fold in the napkin'
'a crease in his trousers'
'a plication on her blouse'
'a flexure of the colon'
'a bend of his elbow'

2. congregation, faithful, fold

a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church

3. fold, folding

a geological process that causes a bend in a stratum of rock

4. flock, fold

a group of sheep or goats

5. fold, plica

a folded part (as in skin or muscle)

6. fold, sheep pen, sheepcote, sheepfold

a pen for sheep

7. fold, folding

the act of folding

Example Sentences:
'he gave the napkins a double fold'


8. fold, fold up, turn up

bend or lay so that one part covers the other

Example Sentences:
'fold up the newspaper'
'turn up your collar'

9. fold

incorporate a food ingredient into a mixture by repeatedly turning it over without stirring or beating

Example Sentences:
'Fold the egg whites into the batter'

10. close, close down, close up, fold, shut down

cease to operate or cause to cease operating

Example Sentences:
'The owners decided to move and to close the factory'
'My business closes every night at 8 P.M.'
'close up the shop'

11. fold, pen up

confine in a fold, like sheep

12. fold, fold up

become folded or folded up

Example Sentences:
'The bed folds in a jiffy'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of fold
to bend or be bent double so that one part covers another
to fold a sheet of paper
2. (transitive)
to bring together and intertwine (the arms, legs, etc)
she folded her hands
3. (transitive)
(of birds, insects, etc) to close (the wings) together from an extended position
4. (tr; often foll by up or in)
to enclose in or as if in a surrounding material
5. (transitive; foll by in)
to clasp (a person) in the arms
6. (transitive; usually foll by round, about, etc)
to wind (around); entwine
7. (transitive) poetic
to cover completely
night folded the earth
8. Also: fold in (transitive)
to mix (a whisked mixture) with other ingredients by gently turning one part over the other with a spoon
to produce a bend (in stratified rock) or (of stratified rock) to display a bend
10. (intransitive; often foll by up) informal
to collapse; fail
the business folded
a piece or section that has been folded
a fold of cloth
a mark, crease, or hollow made by folding
a hollow in undulating terrain
a bend in stratified rocks that results from movements within the earth's crust and produces such structures as anticlines and synclines
15. anatomy another word for plica (sense 1)
a coil, as in a rope, etc
an act of folding
a small enclosure or pen for sheep or other livestock, where they can be gathered
the sheep or other livestock gathered in such an enclosure
a flock of sheep
a herd of Highland cattle
a church or the members of it
any group or community sharing a way of life or holding the same values
4. (transitive)
to gather or confine (sheep or other livestock) in a fold

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see synonyms of fold
verb transitive
to bend or press (something) so that one part is over another; double up on itself
to fold a sheet
to make more compact by so doubling a number of times
to draw together and intertwine
to fold the arms
to draw (wings) close to the body
to clasp in the arms; embrace
to wrap up; envelop
verb intransitive
to be or become folded
7.  US, Informal
to fail
; specif.,
to be forced to close, as a business, play, etc.
to succumb, as to exhaustion; collapse
8.  US, Poker
to withdraw from the betting on a hand, specif. by turning over one's exposed cards
a folded part or layer
a mark made by folding
a hollow or crease produced by folded parts or layers
12.  British
a hollow; small valley
13.  Geology
a rock layer folded by pressure
a pen in which to keep sheep
sheep kept together; flock of sheep
a group or organization with common interests, aims, faith, etc., as a church
verb transitive
to keep or confine in a pen

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of fold
v. fold·ed, fold·ing, folds
1. To bend over or double up so that one part lies on another part: fold a sheet of paper.
2. To make compact by doubling or bending over parts: folded the laundry; folded the chairs for stacking.
3. To bring from an extended to a closed position: The hawk folded its wings.
4. To bring from a compact to an extended position; unfold: folded the ironing board down from the wall; folded out the map to see where we were.
5. To place together and intertwine: fold one's arms.
6. To envelop or clasp; enfold: folded his children to his breast; folded the check into the letter.
7. To blend (a light ingredient) into a heavier mixture with a series of gentle turns: folded the beaten egg whites into the batter.
a. Informal To discontinue operating; close: They had to fold the company a year after they started it.
b. Games To withdraw (one's hand) in defeat, as by laying cards face down on a table.
9. Geology To form bends in (a stratum of rock).
a. To become folded.
b. To be capable of being folded: a bed that folds for easy storage.
2. Informal To close, especially for lack of financial success; fail.
3. Games To withdraw from a game in defeat.
4. Informal
a. To give in; buckle: a team that never folded under pressure.
b. To weaken or collapse from exertion.
1. The act or an instance of folding.
2. A part that has been folded over or against another: the loose folds of the drapery; clothes stacked in neat folds.
3. A line or mark made by folding; a crease: tore the paper carefully along the fold; a headline that appeared above the fold.
4. A coil or bend, as of rope.
5. Chiefly British A hill or dale in undulating country.
6. Geology A bend in a stratum of rock.
7. Anatomy A crease or ridge apparently formed by folding, as of a membrane; a plica.
1. A fenced enclosure for livestock, especially sheep.
2. A flock of sheep.
a. A group of people or institutions bound together by common beliefs and aims.
b. A religious congregation: The priest welcomed new parishioners into the fold.
tr.v. fold·ed, fold·ing, folds
To place or keep (sheep, for example) in a fenced enclosure.
a. Multiplied by a specified number: a twofold increase in sales.
b. Divided by a specified number: a fivefold reduction in air pollution.
2. Having a specified number of parts: a threefold plan for fighting poverty.

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