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See also -fold, and föld

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Old English fealdan, from Germanic *falþanan. Cognate with Dutch vouwen, German falten.

Verb

Infinitive
to fold

Third person singular
folds

Simple past
folded

Past participle
folded or rarely folden

Present participle
folding

to fold (third-person singular simple present folds, present participle folding, simple past folded, past participle folded or rarely folden)
  1. (transitive) to bend (any thin material, such as paper) over so that it comes in contact with itself.
  2. (transitive) to make the proper arrangement (in a thin material) by bending.
    If you fold the sheets, they'll fit more easily in the drawer.
  3. (Informal) to fall over.
  4. (intransitive) to give way on a point or in an argument.
  5. (intransitive) (poker) To withdraw from betting.
  6. (transitive) To stir gently, with a folding action.
    Fold the egg whites into the batter.
  7. (intransitive) Of a company, to cease to trade.
Synonyms
  • (bend (thin material) over): bend, crease
  • (make the proper arrangement (in a thin material) by bending):
  • (fall over): fall over
  • (give way on a point or in an argument): concede, give in, give way, yield
  • (poker: withdraw from betting):
  • (stir gently with a folding action):
  • (cease to trade):
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Derived terms

Noun

Singular
fold

Plural
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fold ({{{1}}})
  1. the act of folding
  2. a bend or crease.
  3. any correct move in origami.
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Etymology 2

Old English (Anglo-Saxon) fald, contraction of falæd, from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch vaalt, Danish fold, Swedish falla.

Noun

Singular
fold

Plural
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fold ({{{1}}})
  1. A pen or enclosure for sheep or other domestic animals.
  2. (figuratively) Home, family.
  3. (religion, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A church congregation, a church, the Christian church as a whole, the flock of Christ.
    John, X, 16: "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold."
  4. (obsolete) A boundary or limit.
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Noun

fold f. (genitive singular foldar, plural foldir)

  1. earth
  2. country

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