wrap

verb
\ 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

wrap

noun

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)

wrap

adjective

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

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

This week’s launch trailer has me excited to wrap the show, come home, and spend all weekend getting my ass kicked by enormous monsters though. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Borderlands 3 teased for PAX East, Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam," 15 Mar. 2019 In the back of the room, the prompter, which has a clock and says 'Please wrap it up' [was taken] down... Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Glenn Weiss and Jan Svendsen Open Up About That Very Public Emmys Proposal," 20 Sep. 2018 Just wrap them around your containers and add some color and pattern to your desk. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "10 Decor Ideas To Give Your Basic Cubicle Actual Personality," 23 Aug. 2018 And like other Cup teams, the players have wrapped themselves in the flag of ardent nationalism. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this World Cup final is like no other," 13 July 2018 The Conservative Party, once a generator of anti-LGBT laws, has belatedly wrapped itself in the rainbow flag. The Economist, "A culture war comes to Westminster," 5 July 2018 Investigators wrapped her in the bedding and brought her body for an autopsy. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Decades after 75-year-old West Baltimore woman's killing, trial begins in cold case revived by DNA," 12 June 2018 But can bots wrap us in their big metal arms and give us a squeeze that provides the same sense of comfort as a human hug? Sarah Cahlan /, NBC News, "Why scientists are teaching this robot to hug," 11 June 2018 Some wrapped themselves in huge rainbow flags and paraded them through the crowd. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves celebrate Pride in Houston," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The comments by one of Russia’s most influential state television presenters during his Sunday prime-time wrap-up of the week’s news escalated Russia’s saber-rattling following the breakdown of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty with Washington. ... Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Russia Names U.S. Targets of Nuclear Retaliation," 25 Feb. 2019 Press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of the batter; refrigerate until chilled, 1 hour or up to 2 days. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Jasmine Madeleines With Lemon-Poppy Seed Glaze," 1 Mar. 2019 With floured 2- to 3-inch assorted cookie cutters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible, wrap and refrigerate trimmings. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make the Most Delicious Christmas Butter Cookies," 20 Dec. 2018 Store leftover pie, well wrapped in plastic wrap or under a pie dome, at room temperature for up to three days. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 Here are sheer wallpaper-print slip dresses, elongated polos, lacy wrap coats, and shrunken dungaree jackets—and making a most welcome reappearance, the 10-eye boots, designed by Jacobs in collaboration with Doc Martens, back in the day. Vogue, "You Can Now Shop Marc Jacobs’s Redux Grunge Collection Online," 29 Nov. 2018 Press a piece of plastic wrap on the surface (to avoid forming a skin) and cover with a lid. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "A Brown Kitchen: Mango layer cake for a fresh summer treat," 11 July 2018 Meghan is wearing her white wrap coat from Line the Label in the photo, while Harry is in a suit. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "Newly Minted! See Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Official (and Romantic) Wedding Coin," 1 May 2018 On Sunday, Olsen wore a wrap coat from her own label, The Row, while Hill wore a green beanie and checked sweater. Erika Harwood, Vanities, "Ashley Olsen and Jonah Hill Are Easter’s Most Unlikely Duo," 2 Apr. 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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Adjective

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wrap

Verb

Middle English wrappen

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wrap

verb

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

wrap

noun

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.

wrap

verb
\ 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

wrap

noun

Kids Definition of wrap (Entry 2 of 2)

: a warm loose outer garment (as a shawl, cape, or coat)

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