wrap

verb
\ 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
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

MoEDAL’s lockerlike detectors wrap around that collision point, awaiting any magnetic monopoles that might leave the fray. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 And that was the beginning of Barry, the dark HBO comedy series that just wrapped its first season, with Hader in the title role as a hitman who catches the acting bug while in the middle of a job in Los Angeles. Vanity Fair, HWD, "What Bill Hader Doesn’t Miss About Saturday Night Live," 29 June 2018 Drivers would enter and exit the property using a service road that wraps around the top of the tunnel. Brittany Wallman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Taller Alexan tower is better fit for skyline, Fort Lauderdale staff says," 19 June 2018 So, with just a fortnight of the year left to go now, why not finish with a bang and reveal a totally unexpected, super fun hair color choice, to really wrap things up in style? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Khloe Kardashian Revealed a Pink Hair Transformation, and it's a Totally Different Look for Her," 17 Dec. 2018 The decision to wrap all server comms in a tunnel pleasantly sidesteps the two major issues that often come with trying to self-host an email server on a residential ISP connection. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Review: Helm Personal Server gets email self-hosting (almost) exactly right," 4 Dec. 2018 Al Gore, then a senator from Tennessee, was the first to try to wrap the Horton case around Dukakis’ neck during the Democratic primaries that year. Peter Baker, The Seattle Times, "Bush made Willie Horton an issue, and for African-Americans, the scars are still fresh," 3 Dec. 2018 Inside, though, the geometric shape has been wrapped in gray canvas and outfitted with modern furniture that make the spaces feel more luxury sleepaway camp than radical architectural experiment. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "You can rent these modern geodesic domes nestled in a forest," 15 Nov. 2018 Filming for Big Little Lies's second season wrapped back in August, and the wait is on for the series to return next spring. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern Wish Their Big Little Lies Co-Star Shailene Woodley a Happy Birthday," 15 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unlike many of the other discussion threads in this year-end wrap-up, this one was largely harmonious and positive. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Talk amongst yourselves: 2018’s most-commented stories on Ars," 24 Dec. 2018 Their annual wrap-up now has a section that tells you the astrological sign of your most listened-to artists. Cazzie David, Vogue, "2018’s Most Ridiculous Moments in Beauty—And Beyond!—According to Cazzie David," 22 Dec. 2018 This was a good year for dresses, from those aforementioned nighties to bohemian gowns and wrap dresses. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Biggest, Most Influential Trends We Saw on Instagram in 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 None of these moments appear in YouTube Rewind, the streaming service’s year-end wrap-up video, but that isn’t too surprising. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Kevin Hart tweeted himself out of a job hosting the Oscars," 8 Dec. 2018 The Wicked Witch from a traveling production of Wizard of Oz stayed with Esser in 2014, and the two became fast friends, to the point that the company had their production’s wrap party in his backyard. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb's Longest-Serving Hosts on the First Decade of Home-Sharing," 30 Aug. 2018 Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Double White Chocolate Cake," 29 Nov. 2018 Use immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 Transfer peppers to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let steam 10 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest, Most Comforting Fish Recipe," 18 Oct. 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 \
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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