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English noun: fold

1. fold (shape) an angular or rounded shape made by folding

SamplesA fold in the napkin.
A crease in his trousers.
A plication on her blouse.
A flexure of the colon.
A bend of his elbow.

Synonymsbend, crease, crimp, flexure, plication

Broader (hypernym)angular shape, angularity

Narrower (hyponym)kink, plait, pleat, pucker, ruck, twirl, twist

2. fold (group) a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church

Synonymscongregation, faithful

Broader (hypernym)social group

Narrower (hyponym)flock

Member meronymdenomination

3. fold (process) a geological process that causes a bend in a stratum of rock


Broader (hypernym)geologic process, geological process

4. fold (group) a group of sheep or goats


Broader (hypernym)animal group

Member holonymsheep

5. fold (body) a folded part (as in skin or muscle)


Broader (hypernym)anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure

Narrower (hyponym)epicanthic fold, epicanthus, plica vocalis, ruga, tentorium, vocal band, vocal cord, vocal fold

6. fold (artifact) a pen for sheep

Synonymssheep pen, sheepcote, sheepfold

Broader (hypernym)pen

7. fold (act) the act of folding

SamplesHe gave the napkins a double fold.


Broader (hypernym)change of shape

Narrower (hyponym)pleating, plication

English verb: fold

1. fold (contact) bend or lay so that one part covers the other

SamplesFold up the newspaper.
Turn up your collar.

Synonymsfold up, turn up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change surface

Narrower (hyponym)collapse, corrugate, crease, crease, crimp, crinkle, crisp, cross, furrow, pinch, pleat, pleat, plicate, ruckle, ruffle, scrunch, scrunch up, tuck, wrinkle, wrinkle

Antonymsspread, unfold, open, spread out

2. fold (change) incorporate a food ingredient into a mixture by repeatedly turning it over without stirring or beating

SamplesFold the egg whites into the batter.

ExamplesThey fold the sheets

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)incorporate, integrate

3. fold (social) cease to operate or cause to cease operating

SamplesThe owners decided to move and to close the factory.
My business closes every night at 8 P.M..
Close up the shop.

ExamplesThe business is going to fold

Synonymsclose, close down, close up, shut down

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)adjourn, retire, withdraw

Antonymsopen, open up

4. fold (contact) confine in a fold, like sheep

Synonymspen up

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)confine, hold, restrain

5. fold (change) become folded or folded up

SamplesThe bed folds in a jiffy.

ExamplesThe sheets didn't fold, These fabrics fold easily

Synonymsfold up

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)crease, crinkle, crumple, rumple, wrinkle

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