• To bend (any thin material, such as paper) over so that it comes in contact with itself.
  • To make the proper arrangement (in a thin material) by bending.
  • To become folded; to form folds.
  • To fall over; to be crushed.
  • To enclose within folded arms (see also enfold).
  • To give way on a point or in an argument.
  • To withdraw from betting.
  • To withdraw or quit in general.
  • To stir gently, with a folding action.
  • Of a company, to cease to trade.
  • To double or lay together, as the arms or the hands.
  • To cover or wrap up; to conceal.
  • To confine animals in a fold.



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  • From Middle English folden, from Old English fealdan, from Proto-Germanic *falþaną ("to fold"), from Proto-Indo-European *pel- ("to fold").
  • From Middle English fold, fald, from Old English fald, falæd, falod, from Proto-Germanic *faludaz ("enclosure"). Akin to Scots fald, fauld, Dutch vaalt, Middle Low German valt ("an inclosed space, a yard"), Danish fold ("pen for herbivorous livestock"), Swedish fålla ("corral, pen, pound").
  • From Middle English, from Old English folde, from Proto-Germanic *fuldǭ, *fuldō. Cognate with Old Norse fold, Norwegian and Icelandic fold.

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