\ 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 In March of 2019, Flynn committed to all-compostable packaging, intending to have her entire line wrapped in the material by the end of the year. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "Why Aren't More Backcountry Foods Packaged Sustainably?," 21 Jan. 2020 All of the women’s remains found on the beach have been wrapped in burlap and placed within about 500 feet of one another. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "There’s New Evidence In The Case Of The Long Island Serial Killer Who Murdered 8 Women," 17 Jan. 2020 Rub the mixture all over the pork pieces and wrap each piece in banana leaves. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: El Molino Central’s Cochinita Pibil," 17 Jan. 2020 As The Economist went to press, the reasons for Mr Medvedev’s ejection and replacement by an obscure technocrat remained a riddle wrapped in a mystery. The Economist, "Glued to the throne How Vladimir Putin is preparing to rule for ever," 16 Jan. 2020 The people from Atakora, in present-day Benin, buried their dead in deep graves, the corpses wrapped in bark. National Geographic, "https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2020/02/clotilda-americas-last-slave-ship-stole-them-from-home-it-couldnt-steal-their-identities-feature.html," 16 Jan. 2020 The Chilango burger wasn’t pretty, anchored by beef wrapped in a white shroud of Oaxaca cheese like a lazy lucha libre mask. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: The Cove restaurant balances great burgers, fish tacos, vegetarian dishes and beer in San Antonio’s Five Points," 16 Jan. 2020 The body of the 29-year-old Houston was found Friday, Jan. 3, wrapped in sheets and buried in a shallow grave behind the house at 215 Chapel Drive. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Paighton Houston update: Man charged with abuse of corpse, no physical trauma led to death," 16 Jan. 2020 Roche was 25 when the baby boy was found wrapped in blankets on Jan. 2, 1988. Fox News, "Mom of Connecticut infant found frozen to death in 1988 won't be charged, police say," 15 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If not using dough right away, wrap in plastic and freeze up to three months. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are hearty enough to get you through the school (or work) week," 23 Jan. 2020 What makes this fight unusual is that the CPSC itself is split over how to view crib bumpers, panels of fabric that wrap inside a crib and are marketed as products that protect babies. Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post, "Regulators again struggle with response to crib bumper deaths," 22 Jan. 2020 Fans are rallying after the band announced a lengthy 35-date summer tour that kicks off June 16 in Uncasville, Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena and wraps Sept. 23 at Southaven, Mississippi's BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, "Dave Matthews Band is going on tour this summer," 22 Jan. 2020 Her black skirt and ballet flats draw our eyes straight to her long-sleeve wrap top. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "These Audrey Hepburn Style Moments Are Simply Timeless," 15 Jan. 2020 Just then, someone interrupted the wrap party with word that an agreement signed that day had effectively dissolved the Soviet Union. Neil Genzlinger, BostonGlobe.com, "Ivan Passer, noted Czech director who came to Hollywood," 15 Jan. 2020 Coulson represents current and former residents of the city of Parchment, in Kalamazoo County, in a lawsuit against 3M and Georgia-Pacific, final owner of a long-standing paper mill in the city that made food-wrap paper coated with 3M's PFAS. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "State of Michigan sues 17 companies over PFAS contamination," 14 Jan. 2020 Condé Nast said the issue is just one example of efforts being undertaken by the brand to be more sustainable — for example, Vogue Italia will reportedly change its packaging to 100% compostable plastic wrap in the next year. Time, "The New Issue of Italian 'Vogue' Has Replaced Glossy Fashion Shoots With Illustrations, In Move Towards Sustainability," 7 Jan. 2020 Another alternative, Mitchell said, would be reusing gift bags or investing in a fabric gift bag or wrap that can be reused year-to-year. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "'Wish-cycling': How your holiday recycling could be doing more harm than good," 26 Dec. 2019 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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25 Jan 2020

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“Wrap.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrapped. Accessed 28 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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