\ 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



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)

Synonyms & Antonyms for wrap

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the two-stories of open-air concourses that wrap around the venue. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 6 May 2022 As the video begins to wrap, the singer is wearing a red veil while Rocky’s in a suit for what appears to be a wedding. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 5 May 2022 Use a piece of sangak to wrap salty cheese and a bundle of aromatic green herbs. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 4 May 2022 Either way, the simple act of existing on social media as a fat person is something that many can't or won't wrap their heads around. Allure, 4 May 2022 In May 2021, DeGeneres announced the show would wrap the next year after more than 3,000 episodes following toxic workplace allegations. Carson Burton, Variety, 29 Apr. 2022 But her favorite is a pair of wings that wrap around her back, with a ship in the middle, a tribute to her time as an aviation ordnance specialist. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 22 Apr. 2022 With old-growth trees whose trunks are too big to wrap your arms around and secluded coves lined by towering sea stacks, California’s North Coast is a place of abundant and accessible natural beauty. Alissa Greenberg, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Apr. 2022 The special grand jury is authorized to meet until spring 2023 but could wrap work earlier. Tamar Hallerman, ajc, 19 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Father John Misty recently announced a headlining tour in support of Chloë and The Next 20th Century, which will kick off July 31 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver and wrap Oct. 8 at the DPAC in Durham, North Carolina. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 4 May 2022 Nail brands such as ManiMe and Dashing Diva are two of our personal favorite nail sticker and wrap brands that take away the frustration of hand-drawing trendy designs. Talia Gutierrez, Allure, 30 Apr. 2022 The main shoot in Spain is due to wrap at the end of April, and a third part continues this fall in Chile. Emilio Mayorga, Variety, 29 Apr. 2022 The tasks involved coming up with new uses for everyday things, such as bubble wrap and a Frisbee, and each room had the same five items. Katie Hunt, CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 Her lace-up silver combat boots and the chain wrap tied around her waist imbued the look with edge. Crystal Bell, Glamour, 27 Apr. 2022 The first gets you a massage, scrub and wrap, and facial—all 80 minutes long—and a spa lunch complete with sparkling wine. Anna Haines, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Put plastic wrap over the bottle’s opening, secure it in place with a rubber band, then poke a few small holes in the top. Camryn Rabideau, Bon Appétit, 22 Apr. 2022 Throughout the 16-piece collection, shoppers will see a subtle logo print emblazoned across wrap-front blazers and one-shoulder tank tops. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 See More

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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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More Definitions for wrap


\ 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



Kids Definition of wrap (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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