- foldfold1 [fōld]vt.[ME folden < OE faldan (WS fealdan), akin to Ger falten < IE * pel-to < base * pel-, to fold > (SIM)PLE, (TRI)PLE]1.a) to bend or press (something) so that one part is over another; double up on itself [to fold a sheet]b) to make more compact by so doubling a number of times2. to draw together and intertwine [to fold the arms]3. to draw (wings) close to the body4. to clasp in the arms; embrace5. to wrap up; envelopvi.1. to be or become folded☆ 2. Informal to fail; specif.,a) to be forced to close, as a business, play, etc.b) to succumb, as to exhaustion; collapse☆ 3. Poker to withdraw from the betting on a hand, specif. by turning over one's exposed cardsn.1. a folded part or layer2. a mark made by folding3. a hollow or crease produced by folded parts or layers4. Brit. a hollow; small valley5. Geol. a rock layer folded by pressure——————fold inCooking to blend (an ingredient) into a mixture, using gentle, cutting strokesfold2 [fōld]n.[ME < OE fald, akin to Du vaalt, enclosed place, Dan fold, sheep pen]1. a pen in which to keep sheep2. sheep kept together; flock of sheep3. a group or organization with common interests, aims, faith, etc., as a churchvt.to keep or confine in a pen
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.