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fold

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noun \ˈfōld\

Definition of fold

  1. 1 :  an enclosure for sheep

  2. 2 a :  a flock of sheep b :  a group of people or institutions that share a common faith, belief, activity, or enthusiasm



Origin and Etymology of fold

Middle English, from Old English falod; akin to Old Saxon faled enclosure


First Known Use: before 12th century


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fold

verb

Definition of fold

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to pen up or confine (as sheep) in a fold



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of fold

before 12th century


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fold

verb

Definition of fold

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lay one part over another part of <fold a letter>

  3. 2 :  to reduce the length or bulk of by doubling over <fold a tent>

  4. 3 :  to clasp together :  entwine <fold the hands>

  5. 4 :  to clasp or enwrap closely :  embrace

  6. 5 :  to bend (as a layer of rock) into folds

  7. 6 a :  to incorporate (a food ingredient) into a mixture by repeated gentle overturnings without stirring or beating b :  to incorporate closely

  8. 7 a :  to concede defeat by withdrawing (one's cards) from play (as in poker) b :  to bring to an end

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 :  to become doubled or pleated

  11. 2 :  to fail completely :  collapse; especially :  to go out of business

  12. 3 :  to fold one's cards (as in poker)

foldable

play \ˈfōl-də-bəl\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of fold

Middle English, from Old English fealdan; akin to Old High German faldan to fold, Greek diplasios twofold


First Known Use: before 12th century


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fold

noun

Definition of fold

  1. 1 :  a part doubled or laid over another part :  pleat

  2. 2 :  something that is folded together or that enfolds

  3. 3 a :  a bend or flexure produced in rock by forces operative after the depositing or consolidation of the rock b chiefly British :  an undulation in the landscape

  4. 4 :  a margin apparently formed by the doubling upon itself of a flat anatomical structure (as a membrane)

  5. 5 :  a crease made by folding something (as a newspaper)



Illustration of fold

13th Century

First Known Use of fold

13th century


-fold

suffix

Simple Definition of -fold

  • : multiplied by (a specified number) : times

  • : having (so many) parts

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of -fold

  1. 1 :  multiplied by (a specified number) :  times —in adjectives <a sixfold increase> and adverbs <repay you tenfold>

  2. 2 :  having (so many) parts <threefold aspect of the problem>

Examples of -fold in a sentence

  1. It will repay you tenfold.



Origin and Etymology of -fold

Middle English, from Old English -feald; akin to Old High German -falt -fold, Latin -plex, -plus, Old English fealdan



FOLD Defined for Kids

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fold

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noun \ˈfōld\

Definition of fold for Students

  1. :  an enclosure for sheep




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fold

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verb

Definition of fold for Students

folded

folding

  1. 1 :  to lay one part over or against another part <fold a blanket>

  2. 2 :  to clasp together <fold your hands>

  3. 3 :  1embrace 1 <She folded the child in her arms.>




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fold

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noun

Definition of fold for Students

  1. 1 :  an act or the result of laying one part over or against another <With just a few folds he made a paper airplane.>

  2. 2 :  a part laid over another part <the folds of the curtain>

  3. 3 :  a bend produced in a rock layer by pressure




-fold

suffix \ˌfōld\

Definition of -fold for Students

  1. 1 :  multiplied by a specified number :  times Hint: -fold is used in adjectives <a twelvefold increase> and adverbs <repay tenfold>.

  2. 2 :  having so many parts <a threefold problem>




Medical Dictionary

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fold

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intransitive verb \ˈfōld\

Medical Definition of fold

  1. :  to become doubled or pleated




2

fold

noun

Medical Definition of fold

  1. :  a margin apparently formed by the doubling upon itself of a flat anatomical structure (as a membrane)





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