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fold

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noun \ ˈfōld \

Definition of fold

1 :an enclosure for sheep
2 a :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.

Origin and Etymology of fold

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


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fold

verb

Definition of fold

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

Origin and Etymology of fold

see 1fold


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fold

verb

Definition of fold

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

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


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fold

noun

Definition of fold

1 :a part doubled or laid over another part :pleat
2 :something that is folded together or that enfolds
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 :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)

Illustration of fold

First Known Use of fold

13th century


-fold

suffix

Definition of -fold

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

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 English Language Learners

-fold

suffix

Definition of -fold for English Language Learners

  • : multiplied by (a specified number) : times

  • : having (so many) parts


FOLD Defined for Kids

1

fold

play
noun \ ˈfōld \

Definition of fold for Students

:an enclosure for sheep

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fold

verb

Definition of fold for Students

folded; folding
1 :to lay one part over or against another part
  • fold a blanket
2 :to clasp together
  • fold your hands
3 :1embrace 1
  • She folded the child in her arms.

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fold

noun

Definition of fold for Students

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 \

Definition of -fold for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

1

fold

play
intransitive verb \ ˈfōld \

medical Definition of fold

:to become doubled or pleated

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fold

noun

medical Definition of fold

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


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