\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, engird [archaic], 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

Alternatively, Redmond could use Blink and V8 but wrap them in Edge's user interface (or some derivative thereof), to retain its own appearance. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Report: Microsoft is scrapping Edge, switching to just another Chrome clone," 4 Dec. 2018 Down in the basement, Stephanie told her kids, Dominic, then 8, and Reese, then 5, to lie down, then quickly wrapped them in a blanket and covered their heads with her torso. Shelley Levitt, Woman's Day, "These 4 Inspirational Women Went to Great Lengths for Their Kids," 4 Dec. 2018 Make an extra batch of treats and wrap them in simple parchment paper and twine so that guests have a gift to take home with them. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 Werner says the video simulation has helped his team better understand how whales unwittingly — and often lethally — wrap themselves in the fishing buoy lines that hang vertically in the ocean. William J. Kole, The Seattle Times, "Simulator helps experts understand how whales get entangled," 21 Nov. 2018 During a proof-0f-concept experiment, one drone wrapped itself around a handle and another pulled on the door. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Inspired by Wasps, This Micro-Drone Lifts 40 Times its Weight," 25 Oct. 2018 With all the glittering banter of 1930s noir, this novel takes class, privilege, and identity theft and wraps them inside a murder mystery. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Return to an alternate history space race with two new Lady Astronaut novels," 18 Sep. 2018 As Mansour mentioned, the exercise targets the deepest core muscle that wraps around your sides and spine, the transverse abdominis. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Naomi Campbell Trains While She Travels With This One Versatile Core Move," 23 Nov. 2018 The screen is a 5.2-inch 2280 x 1080 IGZO LCD that wraps around the camera and the fingerprint sensor. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Sharp made a phone with two notches," 15 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "This Best-Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit," 19 Sep. 2018 Transfer the pudding to a small dish, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 15 minutes before serving. Julia Sherman, New York Times, "A Cookbook of Artists’ Creative Summer Desserts," 22 June 2018 The Duchess handled the situation gracefully, which is good considering a fall in her $5,490 Oscar de la Renta Resort 2019 wrap cocktail dress would not have been good. refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle’s First Wedding As A Royal Had A Little Stumble," 17 June 2018 Columns surrounding the wrap-around porch and window trim are a brighter white, with shutters and column brackets painted black. Sally A. Downey, Philly.com, "Coming home to an 1880 English country manor in Montgomery County," 9 Apr. 2018 This is a series wrap for Nikolaj,’ there might have been a tiny bit of moisture in the air, just around my eyes. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Says the Ending of Game of Thrones Is ‘Very Satisfying’," 30 Aug. 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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