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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

Full Definition of wrap


  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

  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




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.

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




Definition of wrap

  1. :  wraparound 1


First Known Use of wrap


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