un·​wrap | \ ˌən-ˈrap How to pronounce unwrap (audio) \
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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The person unwrapped the dog's head and called the Michigan Humane Society, spokeswoman Anna Chrisman said. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Plastic-wrapped puppy found on Detroit sidewalk," 23 Feb. 2018 That makes this book essential reading as geneticists start to unwrap the package of genes that responded to domestication, which may give hints about our own evolutionary history. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘The Goodness Paradox’ Review: The Benefits of Good Breeding," 25 Jan. 2019 Kim and Brielle both documented the party on Snapchat while younger brother Kash was seen helping her unwrap the pistol that came wrapped in Princess Elena of Avalor wrapping paper. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Zolciak Calls Out an Alleged Thief on Twitter — and Says She Caught It All on Camera," 14 Mar. 2018 In a nutshell, the game has everyone draw a number with the lowest number unwrapping the first gift and the highest number getting to steal the best unwrapped gift. Vogue, "Wes Gordon and Lauren Santo Domingo Bring the Cheer Ahead of the Fashion Awards," 10 Dec. 2018 Prince Philip then gives everyone the go ahead to start the unwrapping on the ultimate Secret Santa set-up. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Royal Family's Christmas Tradition of Giving Joke Gifts to One Another Sounds Like the Most Fun," 22 Nov. 2018 Rodriguez follows the course of a day from sunrise to sunset, visiting editions of Levine’s sculptures in collectors’ homes, at auction houses, and in museum storage rooms where gloved hands tenderly unwrapped them. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Flattening time’s tides; a ‘Maid’ made in the shade," 30 May 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce unwrap (audio) \
unwrapped; unwrapping

Kids Definition of unwrap

: to remove the wrapping from

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