\ 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)

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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 There’s no better time to wrap yourself up like mummy and enjoy a night of classic monster movie banter. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Wondering about ordinary things exercises the brain: Whit & Whimsey," 12 Feb. 2021 Exactly how long the trial will last is unclear, but Senate Democrats have an incentive to wrap it up quickly. Kathryn Watson, Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Live Updates: Trump impeachment trial set to get underway in Senate," 9 Feb. 2021 The judges appeared skeptical and repeatedly called on the defense lawyers to wrap it up. Ilan Ben Zion, BostonGlobe.com, "Israeli PM rejects charges as corruption trial resumes," 8 Feb. 2021 To wrap things up, Apple’s laptop selection is less daunting, with three main models that lean towards the premium side of things. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "MacBooks vs Windows laptops: Which is best for you?," 11 Dec. 2020 So make some hot chocolate, wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket, and settle in for some holiday cheer full of true love and Christmas spirit. Georgina Kim, Glamour, "The Lifetime Christmas Movie Schedule 2020 Is Here, and It’s the Best Yet," 1 Dec. 2020 The formula is simple: Spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray, pick your seafood, add your vegetables, season it up, add a little moisture with some broth or other sauce, wrap it up and get cooking. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "Chuck’s Food Shack: Cooking seafood in foil packets makes for an ocean’s bounty of options," 23 Nov. 2020 Safety Chuck Clark had a shot to wrap him up 4 or 5 yards from the first-down marker. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Instant analysis: Ravens fall to Titans, 30-24, in overtime, drop to 6-4 with second straight loss," 22 Nov. 2020 Even without a movie to wrap it all up, however, Brie is proud of what the cast and crew were able to achieve with the series. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Alison Brie says 'don't hold your breath' for a GLOW movie: 'It might take a minute'," 21 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tennis fans can rock a faux-wrap dress on and off the court once the weather warms up. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "200 Black-owned businesses to support in 2021," 27 Feb. 2021 Bechdel and Azzarello will speak during each night’s wrap-up event. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Alison Bechdel, Brian Azzarello to speak at Lake Erie Ink’s 2021 Kids’ Comic Con," 25 Feb. 2021 Medvedev’s flat, wrap-the-racket-around-his-neck forehand was iffy at first, missing wide, long and into the net in the initial 10 minutes. BostonGlobe.com, "Cloud 9: Djokovic wins 9th Australian Open, 18th Slam title," 21 Feb. 2021 Right before Sean Payton's season wrap-up press conference on Thursday, New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen popped his head into Payton's office to go over a few things. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "'We're outstanding:' Saints' Sean Payton speaks on Ryan Nielsen situation, Dan Campbell, other assistants," 21 Jan. 2021 The trailer’s chicken shawarma wrap ($4.99) behaved as much like a burrito as a Mediterranean wrap, with chicken and garlic sauce swaddled tightly in a pita. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Medical Center food truck King of Shawarma and Kabab delivers solid Halal, Mediterranean food like gyros, shawarmas and kebabs," 15 Jan. 2021 And Starbucks' other wrap, the Southwest Veggie Wrap, packs in nearly 600 calories and 1,340mg of sodium. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Here's the Healthiest Breakfast to Order from Starbucks’ ‘Meatless Monday’ Deal," 10 Jan. 2021 Greene said Portland must treat gun violence as a public health issue and provide wrap-around help to victims, their families and those most at-risk. oregonlive, "Four deadly shootings this week drove up Portland’s homicide count to 53, most in 26 years," 18 Dec. 2020 Flatten dough into a disk, wrap well and chill for a couple hours. Jane Black, WSJ, "Why Mail-Order Citrus Is Totally Worth It: A Smart Shopper’s Guide," 17 Dec. 2020 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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28 Feb 2021

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“Wrap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrap. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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