wrap

verb
\ ˈrap How to pronounce wrap (audio) \
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
d : to coil, fold, draw, or twine (such as string or cloth) around something
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

noun

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)

wrap

adjective

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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That sentiment was wrapped into every part of the wedding, beginning with the pool party, an informal affair at Villa Balbiano, complete with a gelato cart and arancini by LùBar, a cocktail bar by Drinkable, and a DJ at the decks. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Epic Lake Como Wedding Had It All: An Alta Moda Photoshoot, Fireworks, and a Surprise Opera," 11 Apr. 2019 Its silicone arms can be wrapped over the armrest, tucked between seat cushions, draped over the back rest, or laid flat. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "This Genius Cup Holder Will Totally Transform Your Netflix Marathons," 21 Mar. 2019 These journeys and experiences have all been wrapped into this collection that spans many looks, periods, and materials. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Martyn Lawrence Bullard's Corbett Lighting Collection Is Gorgeously Extravagant," 14 Nov. 2018 Game of Thrones Season 8, HBO, April 14 The final winter is coming, finally, to HBO, where Game of Thrones will wrap after eight years making us cringe, cry, and talk about dragons. Vogue, "9 Things to Watch in April on Netflix, HBO and More," 29 Mar. 2019 Some stylists also recommend sleeping on a silk pillowcase or wrapping your hair in a scarf at night to keep the curls from frizzing. Erin Reimel, Glamour, "I Got a Perm (Yes, a Perm) in Search of Perfect Beach Waves," 23 Mar. 2019 The track, which comes just weeks after the couple wrapped their joint North American tour, continues their previous idea of mixing together genres and sounds. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross Release New Single “Phases”," 22 Mar. 2019 To make your bottoms stand out in the crowd, wrap a cool belt around your waist or style with a crop top that will show off that body chain. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "These Coachella Outfit Ideas Are So Good, You'll Be Watching the Likes Roll In," 7 Mar. 2019 Given enough pictures that humans have confirmed to be pizza, an A.I. can learn how to recognize pizza for itself in ways that humans could never wrap our minds around. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Domino's Pizza-Spotting App Is a Window Into a Future of Justified Paranoia," 20 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Our #SecretVisit was kept under wraps to protect Bristol’s most vulnerable women. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wrote Messages on Bananas at a Sex Worker Nonprofit," 1 Feb. 2019 The comments by one of Russia’s most influential state television presenters during his Sunday prime-time wrap-up of the week’s news escalated Russia’s saber-rattling following the breakdown of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty with Washington. ... Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Russia Names U.S. Targets of Nuclear Retaliation," 25 Feb. 2019 Press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of the batter; refrigerate until chilled, 1 hour or up to 2 days. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Jasmine Madeleines With Lemon-Poppy Seed Glaze," 1 Mar. 2019 With floured 2- to 3-inch assorted cookie cutters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible, wrap and refrigerate trimmings. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make the Most Delicious Christmas Butter Cookies," 20 Dec. 2018 Store leftover pie, well wrapped in plastic wrap or under a pie dome, at room temperature for up to three days. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 Here are sheer wallpaper-print slip dresses, elongated polos, lacy wrap coats, and shrunken dungaree jackets—and making a most welcome reappearance, the 10-eye boots, designed by Jacobs in collaboration with Doc Martens, back in the day. Vogue, "You Can Now Shop Marc Jacobs’s Redux Grunge Collection Online," 29 Nov. 2018 Press a piece of plastic wrap on the surface (to avoid forming a skin) and cover with a lid. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "A Brown Kitchen: Mango layer cake for a fresh summer treat," 11 July 2018 Meghan is wearing her white wrap coat from Line the Label in the photo, while Harry is in a suit. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "Newly Minted! See Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Official (and Romantic) Wedding Coin," 1 May 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

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

History and Etymology for wrap

Verb

Middle English wrappen

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wrap

verb

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

wrap

noun

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.

wrap

verb
\ ˈrap How to pronounce wrap (audio) \
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

wrap

noun

Kids Definition of wrap (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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