un·​wrap | \ˌən-ˈrap \
unwrapped; unwrapping; unwraps

Definition of unwrap 

transitive verb

: to remove the wrapping from : disclose unwrap a package unwrap evidence in a criminal case

Examples of unwrap in a Sentence

Unwrap the bandages so I can see the wound.

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When sweet potatoes are tender, remove from oven and let cool slightly, then unwrap foil and discard (watch for hot liquid and steam inside foil). Cholula® Hot Sauce, Bon Appetit, "We’ve Loaded Up These Sweet Potatoes with Some of Your Favorite Flavors," 21 May 2018 Ronny’s caregiver, Blaine Howze, a lanky, tattooed 23-year-old, unwraps a catheter and snaps on rubber gloves. Claire Mcneill, miamiherald, "This student became a paraplegic in FSU shooting. He fights to exist, to graduate. | Miami Herald," 4 May 2018 Inspectors unwrapped them and found serried rows of bottles. Michael Powell, New York Times, "At the Heart of a Vast Doping Network, an Alias," 26 Mar. 2018 When kitchens were being wrapped in a shimmering gauze of glamour, Mr. Bourdain got busy unwrapping them, revealing the injuries and addictions, low wages and high tempers that took a toll on workers. New York Times, "Anthony Bourdain Was a Teller of Often Unappetizing Truths," 8 June 2018 Watching workers ploddingly unwrap instruments and tend to their machinery is like watching a lunar landing. Erika Fry, Fortune, "Critical Condition: Inside Pfizer’s Drug Supply Problem," 22 May 2018 There were always Ruger 10/22s and Marlin Model 60s, the .22LRs kids unwrapped when their grandfathers gave them their first rifles for a birthday or Christmas. David Joy, New York Times, "Gun Culture Is My Culture. And I Fear for What It Has Become.," 2 Apr. 2018 The 2018 FIFA World Cup is finally underway and in four days of competition, there is plenty to unwrap from the action in Russia. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Spain, Portugal thrill, Mexico, Iceland suprise and the best of the World Cup weekend," 17 June 2018 Enjoy holiday cookies and hot apple cider, and all guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the United Way of Walworth County. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Christmas 2017: Holiday tree lightings and displays in the Milwaukee area," 13 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of unwrap

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unwrap

: to remove the covering that is around something


un·​wrap | \ˌən-ˈrap \
unwrapped; unwrapping

Kids Definition of unwrap

: to remove the wrapping from

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