\ 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

c : enfold, embrace

d : to coil, fold, draw, or twine (such as string or cloth) around something

2a : surround, envelop

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

band, begird, belt, engirdle, enwind, gird, girdle, girt, girth

Antonyms: Verb

ungird, unwrap

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Examples of wrap in a Sentence


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

The series, based on the book of the same name by Stephanie Danler, wrapped its run in June with an average of 164,000 live-same-day viewers and mixed reviews among critics. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sweetbitter' Renewed for Season 2 at Starz," 13 July 2018 The couple just wrapped their two-day visit to Ireland. Maura Hohman, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Just Gave the Best Response to Navigating Dublin's Cobblestone Streets in Stilettos!," 11 July 2018 In the past, Senate debate on nominees could go on indefinitely, allowing the minority party to drag out the proceedings until 60 of the 100 Senators voted to wrap it up. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Trump's Supreme Court Pick May Come From This List. Here's Where They Stand on Women's Issues.," 9 July 2018 Smugglers sometimes wrap migrants’ shoes in scraps of fabric to try to obscure their footprints. Nicholas Kulish, The Seattle Times, "Human smuggling cat-and-mouse game plays out beyond the U.S.-Mexico border," 9 July 2018 Mason, a Huntingdon Valley member, never trailed and led by as many as three holes before wrapping things up with a par on No. 16, his 37th hole of the day. Mitchell Gladstone, Philly.com, "After short pro stint, Temple alum Andrew Mason into first-ever final at Philadelphia Amateur," 14 June 2018 Just toss chicken, pineapple and fresh vegetables in teriyaki sauce, wrap it up in foil packs, and cook for 20 minutes. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "Thrown on a grill or campfire, pineapple teriyaki chicken in foil packs are a snap," 1 June 2018 There’s other projects that will need to be supervised and tended to, whether that means wrapping them up or minimizing my involvement in them. Sean O'neal, GQ, "Rick and Morty Renewed for Season 4: Dan Harmon Tells Us All About It," 11 May 2018 Lines wrapped around the first floor of the mall during the promotion. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Moms protest after security guard confronted mother who was breastfeeding at Fox Valley Mall," 15 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This image by staff photographer Cal Montney accompanied a July 5, 1966, Los Angeles Times holiday wrap-up story. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: Sparklers and fireworks at the Coliseum," 4 July 2018 Here’s a wrap-up of everything that led to this moment. Merdie Nzanga, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY's Rick Jervis talks immigration, from 'zero tolerance' policy to asylum," 3 July 2018 Here’s a wrap-up of everything that led to this moment. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "Immigration protests set for Saturday in Phoenix, Tucson and Nogales," 29 June 2018 Here’s a wrap-up of everything that led to this moment. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Migrant kids separated from parents won't likely end up in Kentucky," 21 June 2018 Get wrap-around glasses to reduce glare and see further, giving yourself a better chance to see and catch more fish. Mark Blythe, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fishing 101: Learn how to start fishing in Central Florida," 11 July 2018 Jeter, the Yankees great, hit some decent shots with a wrap-around-his-back baseball swing. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Celebrity hit-and-giggle scramble with Brett Favre is all about the fun at AmFam Championship," 23 June 2018 The boxers will be allowed wraps around their thumbs and wrists but will not wear any protection over their knuckles the way fighters normally do in traditional boxing, MMA or other combat sports where padded gloves of various thickness are used. Washington Post, "Bare-knuckle boxing from a bygone era looks for a comeback," 1 June 2018 In Mecklenburg, one Superior Court district wraps around the county from Davidson to Steele Creek to Ballantyne. Jim Morrill And Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "This bill would dramatically change the way your judges are chosen in Mecklenburg," 30 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


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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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 \
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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