\ 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)
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
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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Adam’s fingers wrapped themselves around the mic like a snake clutching its prey. Deena Elgenaidi, Longreads, "Infatuation," 7 Jan. 2020 The Dons rallied late and made it a six-point game, 56-50, but the Gaels wrapped it up with a 13-8 run. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "St. Mary’s beats USF on the Hilltop in WCC opener,," 2 Jan. 2020 Three defenders converged on him but none of them wrapped him up. BostonGlobe.com, "KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mecole Hardman returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown, Damien Williams took a handoff 84 yards for another score, and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Los Angeles Chargers, 31-21, to leapfrog the Patriots for the No. 2 seed in the AFC and a first-round playoff bye.," 31 Dec. 2019 Three defenders converged on him but none of them wrapped him up. Dave Skretta, The Denver Post, "Chiefs top Chargers to earn No. 2 seed in AFC, first-round bye," 29 Dec. 2019 During the Christmas season, Gibbs and volunteers purchase gifts, wrap them and deliver to families in East Cleveland. Branson Wright, cleveland, "A ‘blessing’ to East Cleveland: Donte Gibbs Gift Express delivers Christmas joy — Cleveland City Champions," 25 Dec. 2019 So make some hot chocolate, wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket, and settle in for some holiday cheer. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Your Guide to the Lifetime Christmas Movies Schedule 2019," 10 Dec. 2019 Breaking the code down into well-organized, individually executable steps—and interspersing Markdown language that wraps it into an attractive, readable framework—offers an excellent introduction into new types of code. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Cloudy with a chance of neurons: The tools that make neural networks work," 9 Dec. 2019 When Watson scooted out of the pocket, Ferguson was there to wrap him up and take him down. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens film study: Jaylon Ferguson struggled vs. 49ers, but rookie is learning on job," 4 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Family Gateway Shelter and supportive housing programs for children and families affected by homelessness with wrap-around services including case management, adult and children’s services, and an education program. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Mission Oak Cliff has provided hope to community for nearly 70 years," 1 Jan. 2020 That’s a wrap for the 2019 high school football season. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Vote for the top player from the 2019 Super 7 championships in Auburn," 8 Dec. 2019 Here are the highlights from the impeachment inquiry this week — followed by analysis: That's a wrapNine more witnesses testified this week, concluding the public hearing portion of the impeachment process. CBS News, "This round of impeachment hearings is over. What did we learn, and what happens next?," 23 Nov. 2019 Arizona Republic That's a wrap on The Arizona Republic's first high school football docuseries, Beyond the Gridiron: The Mountain. Richard Obert, azcentral, "South Mountain football community finds recognition, inspiration in ‘Beyond the Gridiron’," 13 Nov. 2019 On other film sets, the producer and director might huddle and order a break, or call it a wrap until tomorrow. Debra Kamin, New York Times, "How to Sell a House in Southern California: Make a Movie," 12 Nov. 2019 Safety Quentin Lake practiced as a member of the scout team, with a large wrap over his injured arm. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Smoky conditions leave start of UCLA football practice up in the air," 12 Oct. 2019 Relaxis is a vibration pad that goes under the legs, and Restiffic is a pressure wrap that goes around the legs or feet. Kristin Auble, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome," 16 Mar. 2019 Make a wrap: Toss the walnuts into the chicken mixture, then layer a whole-grain tortilla with lettuce leaves and 1 cup chicken-apple-walnut-salad. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Waldorf Salad," 25 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


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

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11 Jan 2020

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“Wrap.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrap. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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 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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