\ˈrap \
wrapped; wrapping

Definition of wrap 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : 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 (such as string or cloth) around something

2a : 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

3 : to conceal or obscure as if by enveloping

4 : to enclose as if with a protective covering

5 : to finish filming or recording wrap a movie

intransitive verb

1 : to wind, coil, or twine so as to encircle or cover something

2 : to put on clothing : dress usually used with up

3 : to be subject to covering, enclosing, or packaging usually used with up

4 : to come to completion in filming or recording



Definition of wrap (Entry 2 of 3)

1a(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 (such as a coat or shawl)

c : blanket

d : a treatment for the care of the skin in which material (such as hot wet cloth or seaweed) is wrapped around the entire body also : this material

2 : a single turn or convolution of something wound around an object

3 wraps plural

a : restraint

b : a shroud of secrecy a plan kept under wraps

4 : the completion of a schedule or session for filming or recording

5 : a thin flat piece of bread that is rolled around a filling (as of meat, fish, or vegetables)



Definition of wrap (Entry 3 of 3)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for wrap

Synonyms: Verb

band, begird, belt, engird [archaic], engirdle, enwind, gird, girdle, girt, girth

Antonyms: Verb

ungird, unwrap

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Examples of wrap in a Sentence


They were busy wrapping presents late on Christmas Eve. Ribbons were wrapped around the dancers' arms. She wrapped a scarf around her neck. He wrapped tape around the bat's handle. I wrapped my arms around her. She wrapped her legs around a pillow. He wrapped his hands around the trophy. The line of people went out the door and wrapped around the corner.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Beyond are more rooms: offices for two visiting scholars, a salon wrapped in more display shelves, a seminar room, the conservation lab. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "A museum grows in Houston," 1 Nov. 2018 So for a year and a half, the fossil sat in a corner of Zhang's office at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, wrapped in toilet paper and stowed in a plastic box. National Geographic, "Long-Lost Panda Relative Revealed by 22,000-Year-Old Fossil," 18 June 2018 Once inside, investigators said Alridge and Lewis stabbed McKenzie 49 times, wrapped his head in duct tape and left his body hidden underneath an opaque plastic mattress bag. Heather Nolan, NOLA.com, "Life sentence for teen who stabbed 15-year-old 49 times wasn't unconstitutional: appeals court," 25 May 2018 All of this is fiction, wrapped in the same conspiratorial gauze as countless other viral pseudoscience clips—but the McGill video cops to it just 40 seconds in. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "A ‘Cancer Cure’ Video Skewered Bad Science—and Went Viral Itself," 10 July 2018 The head of the hammer tested positive for blood and was wrapped in several blond hairs, according to court documents. The Olympian Staff, The Seattle Times, "Man gets 41-year sentence for killing Olympia woman whose body was never found," 9 July 2018 The rifle was wrapped in a blanket with attachments similar to those described by Manning, Inman’s brother. Michael Williams, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Code words, YouTube videos and shell casings lead Sanford police to homicide suspect," 7 July 2018 They're then wrapped in plastic and packaged to be sent to each lottery. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Is Ypsilanti home to the luckiest lottery ticket plant in the world?," 6 July 2018 Privacy - Terms The baby's body still had an old diaper and baby clothes on, and it had been wrapped in a blanket, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Cops raided Texas home for drugs. They found a baby's body 'beyond decomposition'," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This is a series wrap for Nikolaj,’ there might have been a tiny bit of moisture in the air, just around my eyes. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Says the Ending of Game of Thrones Is ‘Very Satisfying’," 30 Aug. 2018 Lightly cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until sugar melts, 1 to 2 hours. Anna Helm Baxter, Woman's Day, "Mango and Nut Dream," 16 Aug. 2018 Well, that's a wrap on Shawn Mendes' co-hosting gig on The Late Late Show with James Corden -- albeit to the dismay of some fans, and perhaps even host James Corden himself. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Shawn Mendes & James Corden Reveal Their Favorite #LateLateShawn Moments in Twitter Q&A: Watch," 8 June 2018 The Pardy wrap, named after her husband, Chris Pardy, was an instant hit. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Summer nights, wrapped up," 12 July 2018 These easy lettuce wraps are a fresh, simple choice to add protein and flavor to your day. Lori Powell And Janis Jibrin, Good Housekeeping, "Easy Tempeh Lettuce Wraps," 7 Dec. 2017 According to the company, the program is still super under wraps. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Airbnb Testing "City Hosts" To Pair Travelers With Local Tour Guides," 15 Sep. 2016 The spinach-and-feta breakfast wrap is my hands-down favorite! Lisa Lillien, Redbook, "Ask Hungry Girl: How Do I Avoid Eating Terribly When Traveling?," 30 May 2012 Apple is gearing up to conquer Hollywood — but their battle plans are under wraps. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Apple's script for conquering Hollywood is a mystery so far," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Wrap cheese in waxed paper and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "Don't let 'vegan cheese' label scare you away from these tasty nut, veggie spreads," 29 Aug. 2017 Wrap pencil with washi tape keeping it as tight as possible. Sarah Newell, Seventeen, "11 Ridiculously Awesome DIY Gifts for Your BFFs," 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of wrap


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wrap


Middle English wrappen

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English Language Learners Definition of wrap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of wrap (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.


\ˈrap \
wrapped; wrapping

Kids Definition of wrap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cover by winding or folding I'll wrap the baby in a blanket.

2 : to enclose in a package

3 : to wind or fold around She wrapped her arms around me.

4 : to involve the attention of completely He was wrapped up in his work.

wrap up

1 : to bring to an end Let's wrap up this meeting.

2 : to put on warm clothing



Kids Definition of wrap (Entry 2 of 2)

: a warm loose outer garment (as a shawl, cape, or coat)

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