Fold - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |foʊld|  American pronunciation of the word fold
Brit.  |fəʊld|  British pronunciation of the word fold


- an angular or rounded shape made by folding(syn: bend, crease, crimp, flexure, plication)
- a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church (syn: congregation, faithful)
- a geological process that causes a bend in a stratum of rock (syn: folding)
- a group of sheep or goats (syn: flock)
- a folded part (as in skin or muscle) (syn: plica)
- a pen for sheep (syn: sheepcote, sheepfold)
- the act of folding(syn: folding)


- bend or lay so that one part covers the other
- incorporate a food ingredient into a mixture by repeatedly turning it over without stirring or beating
- cease to operate or cause to cease operating (syn: close)
- confine in a fold, like sheep
- become folded or folded up


He folded the newspaper and put it on the table.

Having a joint in the middle, it folds.

I like to fold presents in pretty paper.

He folded the newspaper carefully around the plants.

When blown, these bellows form two, three, or more folds.

Fold the paper along the dotted line.

It'll fit in if you fold it in half.

Spoon the filling onto the dough, fold it over, and press down the edges.

I wish you kids would fold up your clothes!

He folded the map neatly.

The chairs fold flat for storage.

Can you fold the shutters back?

Bend back the card and cut along the fold.

Her dress hung in soft folds.

I dare not fold my arms about thee.

Phrasal verbs

fold up  — bend or lay so that one part covers the other

Word forms

I/you/we/they: fold
he/she/it: folds
present participle: folding
past tense: folded
past participle: folded
singular: fold
plural: folds
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