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pre·​wrap ˌprē-ˈrap How to pronounce prewrap (audio)
variants or pre-wrap
prewrapped or pre-wrapped; prewrapping or pre-wrapping

transitive verb

: to wrap (something) in advance
prewrap a gift


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pre·​wrap ˈprē-ˌrap How to pronounce prewrap (audio)
variants or pre-wrap
: a very thin layer of foam used to cover the skin before a supportive adhesive tape is applied to a sporting injury especially to prevent the tape from adhering to or irritating the skin
covered the sprained ankle in prewrap

Examples of prewrap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
When Orlando Pride forward Abi Kim entered in the waning minutes of the team’s season opener in Louisville, one part of her appearance drew immediate attention — a massive cast on her right hand, swaddled with Styrofoam, bubble wrap and purple prewrap. Julia Poe,, 19 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1934, in the meaning defined above


1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prewrap was circa 1934

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Cite this Entry

“Prewrap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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