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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And on Tuesday, Guardado unwrapped her tamales con pollo, placed them on a warm bed of black beans and sent them through Espita’s stylish digs. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "A taste of home: Salvadoran refugee chef cooks with her mother in mind," 19 June 2019 Actress Kat Dennings, best known for her hilarious role in 2 Broke Girls, unwraps endless amounts of bridal extras, from a birdcage veil to some sweet lingerie. Alanna Martine Kilkeary, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Spade Premieres Season 2 of #MissAdventure With a Weekend Getaway (and a Wedding Twist!)," 28 Mar. 2016 There was lots of hysterical laughter and shrieking, say for example when very pregnant Noor Fares unwrapped breast tassels. Vogue, "Wes Gordon and Lauren Santo Domingo Bring the Cheer Ahead of the Fashion Awards," 10 Dec. 2018 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

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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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