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wrap

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verb, \ˈrap\

Simple Definition of wrap

  • : to cover (something) by winding or folding a piece of material around it

  • : to wind or fold (something) around something else

  • : to put (your arms, legs, etc.) around someone or something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wrap

wrappedwrapping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cover especially by winding or folding b :  to envelop and secure for transportation or storage :  bundle c :  enfold, embrace d :  to coil, fold, draw, or twine (as string or cloth) around something

  3. 2 a :  surround, envelop b :  to suffuse or surround with an aura or state <the affair was wrapped in scandal> c :  to involve completely :  engross —usually used with up

  4. 3 :  to conceal or obscure as if by enveloping

  5. 4 :  to enclose as if with a protective covering

  6. 5 :  to finish filming or recording <wrap a movie>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to wind, coil, or twine so as to encircle or cover something

  9. 2 :  to put on clothing :  dress —usually used with up

  10. 3 :  to be subject to covering, enclosing, or packaging —usually used with up

  11. 4 :  to come to completion in filming or recording

Examples of wrap in a sentence

  1. They were busy wrapping presents late on Christmas Eve.

  2. Ribbons were wrapped around the dancers' arms.

  3. She wrapped a scarf around her neck.

  4. He wrapped tape around the bat's handle.

  5. I wrapped my arms around her.

  6. She wrapped her legs around a pillow.

  7. He wrapped his hands around the trophy.

  8. The line of people went out the door and wrapped around the corner.



Origin of wrap

Middle English wrappen


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with wrap


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wrap

noun

Simple Definition of wrap

  • : material used for covering or wrapping something

  • : a piece of clothing that is wrapped around a person's shoulders, waist, etc.

  • : a thin piece of bread that is rolled around a filling of meat, vegetables, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wrap

  1. 1 a (1) :  wrapper, wrapping (2) :  material used for wrapping <plastic wrap> b :  an article of clothing that may be wrapped around a person; especially :  an outer garment (as a coat or shawl) c :  blanket d :  a treatment for the care of the skin in which material (as hot wet cloth or seaweed) is wrapped around the entire body; also :  this material

  2. 2 :  a single turn or convolution of something wound around an object

  3. 3 plural a :  restraint b :  a shroud of secrecy <a plan kept under wraps>

  4. 4 :  the completion of a schedule or session for filming or recording

  5. 5 :  a thin flat piece of bread that is rolled around a filling (as of meat, fish, or vegetables)

15th Century

First Known Use of wrap

15th century


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wrap

adjective

Definition of wrap

  1. :  wraparound 1



1923

First Known Use of wrap

1923



WRAP Defined for Kids

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wrap

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verb \ˈrap\

Definition of wrap for Students

wrappedwrapping

  1. 1 :  to cover by winding or folding <I'll wrap the baby in a blanket.>

  2. 2 :  to enclose in a package

  3. 3 :  to wind or fold around <She wrapped her arms around me.>

  4. 4 :  to involve the attention of completely <He was wrapped up in his work.>

wrap up
  1. 1 :  to bring to an end <Let's wrap up this meeting.>

  2. 2 :  to put on warm clothing




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wrap

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noun

Definition of wrap for Students

  1. :  a warm loose outer garment (as a shawl, cape, or coat)





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