fold

noun (1)
\ˈfōld \

Definition of fold 

(Entry 1 of 5)

1 : an enclosure for sheep

2a : a flock of sheep

b : a group of people or institutions that share a common faith, belief, activity, or enthusiasm His former colleagues would be glad to welcome him back into the fold.

fold

verb (1)
folded; folding; folds

Definition of fold (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

: to pen up or confine (sheep) in a fold

fold

verb (2)
folded; folding; folds

Definition of fold (Entry 3 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : to lay one part over another part of fold a letter

2 : to reduce the length or bulk of by doubling over fold a tent

3 : to clasp together : entwine fold the hands

4 : to clasp or enwrap closely : embrace

5 : to bend (something, such as a layer of rock) into folds

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

b : to incorporate closely

7a : to concede defeat by withdrawing (one's cards) from play (as in poker)

b : to bring to an end

intransitive verb

1 : to become doubled or pleated

2 : to fail completely : collapse especially : to go out of business

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

fold

noun (2)

Definition of fold (Entry 4 of 5)

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

2 : something that is folded together or that enfolds

3a : 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 : a margin apparently formed by the doubling upon itself of a flat anatomical structure (such as a membrane)

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

-fold

suffix

Definition of -fold (Entry 5 of 5)

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

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

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Noun (2)

fold 3a

In the meaning defined above

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Verb (2)

foldable \ˈfōl-də-bəl \ adjective

Examples of fold in a Sentence

Suffix

It will repay you tenfold.

First Known Use of fold

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fold

Noun (1)

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

Verb (1)

see fold entry 1

Verb (2)

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

Suffix

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

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Dictionary Entries near fold

Fokker

folacin

folate

fold

-fold

foldage

foldaway

Phrases Related to fold

the fold

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The first known use of fold was before the 12th century

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-fold

suffix

English Language Learners Definition of -fold

: multiplied by (a specified number) : times

: having (so many) parts

fold

noun
\ˈfōld \

Kids Definition of fold

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: an enclosure for sheep

fold

verb
folded; folding

Kids Definition of fold (Entry 2 of 4)

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

2 : to clasp together fold your hands

3 : embrace entry 1 sense 1 She folded the child in her arms.

fold

noun

Kids Definition of fold (Entry 3 of 4)

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 : a part laid over another part the folds of the curtain

3 : a bend produced in a rock layer by pressure

-fold

suffix
\ˌfōld\

Kids Definition of -fold

1 : multiplied by a specified number : times

Hint: -fold is used in adjectives
  • a twelvefold increase
  • repay tenfold

2 : having so many parts a threefold problem

\ˈfōld \

Medical Definition of fold 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to become doubled or pleated

fold

noun

Medical Definition of fold (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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