wrap

1 of 3

verb

wrapped; wrapping

transitive verb

1
a
: to cover especially by winding or folding
b
: to envelop and secure for transportation or storage : bundle
d
: to coil, fold, draw, or twine (such as string or cloth) around something
2
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

wrap

2 of 3

noun

1
a(1)
(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
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
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)

wrap

3 of 3

adjective

Examples of wrap in a Sentence

Verb 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Indio — The 2024 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival wraps its first weekend on Sunday, April 14, with Doja Cat’s return to the desert for her first time headlining the event. Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2024 Williams’ upper left arm, which sustained a compound fracture of his humerus in early November against Florida State, was heavily wrapped. Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald, 14 Apr. 2024 Police records report the baby had been wrapped, along with the placenta, in a white towel and newspapers, all placed inside a white Marriott Hotel plastic bag. Kayla Jackson, The Arizona Republic, 13 Apr. 2024 Thursday are currently wrapping a short run of club shows that will continue throughout the year. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 12 Apr. 2024 Since the rolls are filled, wrapped, then fried, both the filling and the shell get an extra shot of richness. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Apr. 2024 Posing for a group photo in front of a different piece of Rocco's art, Madonna wrapped her arms around her twins while Mercy and David stood on each side of Stella and Estere. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 12 Apr. 2024 Principal photography for The Apprentice began in November 2023 and only wrapped Jan. 28, 2024, suggesting a sprint through postproduction to be ready to premiere in Cannes in May. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Apr. 2024 The trek will wrap with four shows in Commerce, Colorado on Aug. 29. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 11 Apr. 2024
Noun
Since there are a variety of ways to wear the wrap, caregivers can find the best and most comfortable fit for baby-wearing. Maya Polton, Parents, 27 Mar. 2024 Now, with Pro Day a wrap, all there is to do is wait. Calum McAndrew, Kansas City Star, 23 Mar. 2024 There’s even a hooded, zip-up knit sweater, as a casual alternative to the traditional wrap or cape. Laura Neilson, Vogue, 21 Mar. 2024 Community members and businesses can donate new or gently used dresses, jewelry, shoes, purses, wraps, and more. Jenna Prestininzi, Detroit Free Press, 14 Mar. 2024 Otherwise, fresh breads, buns and wraps will last up to 14 days while thin and crispy pizza crusts last six months due to airtight packaging. Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2024 The tour wraps March 29 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 12 Mar. 2024 On the regular menu are items such as salads, burgers, chicken wraps, sandwiches, soups and more. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 8 Mar. 2024 Later in the video, Isabella is much improved and walking through the hospital after having the head wrap removed. Shania Russell, EW.com, 6 Mar. 2024
Adjective
Though, our personal favorite is this wrap knee-length sweater dress that comes in three neutral colors and can be dressed up (with some nice booties and a wool peacoat) or down (with a pair of white sneakers). Melanie Curry, Glamour, 26 Dec. 2023 The Lakers sported athletic tape around their wrists with the word ‘redemption’ emblazoned across the pre-wrap. Cam Kerry, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Nov. 2022 Worn as a single long necklace, wrapped into a choker style or a multi-wrap bracelet, or even strung around the hips as a belt, the piece is bound to strike a chord. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 14 Nov. 2022 Wrap cheese in waxed paper and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, 29 Aug. 2017 Wrap pencil with washi tape keeping it as tight as possible. Sarah Newell, Seventeen, 9 Aug. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English wrappen

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

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

Adjective

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wrap was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near wrap

Cite this Entry

“Wrap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrap. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

wrap

1 of 2 verb
wrapped; wrapping
1
a
: to cover especially by winding or folding
wrap a baby in a blanket
b
: to enclose and prepare (as for transportation or storage)
wrap a package
c
: embrace entry 1 sense 1
wrapped her in my arms
d
: to coil, fold, or draw about something
wrap a rubber band around the sticks
2
a
: to envelop closely or completely : surround
houses wrapped in mist
b
: to involve completely : engross
they were wrapped up in studying for exams
3
: to finish filming or recording
wrap a movie

wrap

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: a covering that encloses something : wrapper
b
: material for wrapping
plastic wrap
2
: an article of clothing that may be wrapped around a person
especially : a warm loose outer garment (as a coat or shawl)
3
plural : secrecy sense 2
a plan kept under wraps
4
: the completion of a schedule or session for filming or recording

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