\ 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 Just slide a long piece of unflavored dental floss under the dough, wrap it around the top and pull tightly in opposite directions to pull the floss through the roll. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Do-ahead steps make a lavish homemade brunch easy," 24 Mar. 2021 They are generally not accepted in curbside recycling programs because bags have the tendency to wrap and tangle around sorting equipment. Jenna Pelletier, BostonGlobe.com, "Should your takeout packaging go in the recycling bin, compost pile, or trash can? Here are some tips," 2 Mar. 2021 Wrap the fixture: Dip a cloth into the mixture, wrap it around the stained item and leave it up to 10 minutes. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, "How to Easily Remove Hard Water Stains," 18 Jan. 2021 The team and coaches met Dec. 18 outside the Greg Hatcher Wrestling Center to wrap and bag 65 prepared hams. Helaine Williams, Arkansas Online, "Sharing the bounty: Helping Hands project, Little Rock Wrestling help feed the needy," 3 Jan. 2021 One way of handling food scraps, said Ambroso, is to use a recyclable paper bag to wrap them like a burrito and place the whole thing in the green waste bin. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your next green move? Recycling that kitchen waste," 26 Dec. 2020 Few companies make lipids, the tiny fat particles that wrap around the mRNA and safeguard it during its journey through the body. Dylan Moriarty, WSJ, "mRNA Covid-19 Vaccines Are Fast to Make, but Hard to Scale," 3 Mar. 2021 To get the best results with flour, first wrap them in a damp kitchen towel. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "The best way to store leftover corn and flour tortillas and how to reheat them," 27 Feb. 2021 The upcoming week can wrap you up in the warmth and goodwill of the holiday spirit but can also bring you face to face with some unfinished business. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 20, 2020: Capricorn, expect family friction; Pisces, focus on stability," 20 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The vice president’s residence has a less formal, more airy feel inside with a cozy library and a bright sunroom, plus a welcoming wrap-around porch that looks onto the woodsy property. Washington Post, "Vice President Harris and Doug Emhoff to move into official digs next week," 1 Apr. 2021 An Apple wearable with a wrap-around screen should meet the same standards. Chris Smith, BGR, "Apple might be working on an Apple Watch with a foldable display," 23 Mar. 2021 Among them, the city is preparing to open a shelter with wrap-around services and daytime activities to help homeless people develop a housing plan and get services. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How they voted, March 14," 14 Mar. 2021 Late in the first half, Angel Reese (St. Frances) threw a no-look, wrap-around pass inside to Faith Masonius, who finished with a reverse layup. Phillip B. Wilson, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland routs Iowa, 104-84, to capture Big Ten women’s basketball tournament," 13 Mar. 2021 Unlike many sports earbuds on the market that feature a distracting wrap-around cord, the Powerbeats Pro offer a minimal, truly wireless design that won’t get in the way of your workout. Zarah Kavarana, Travel + Leisure, "5 Best Wireless Earbuds on Amazon for Convenient, Cord-free Listening," 4 Mar. 2021 After a tremendous individual effort Friday in the Wild's 3-1 victory led to a wrap-around goal as he was laid out on the ice, Kirill Kaprizov capitalized on a much quirkier play in the rematch. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Matt Dumba scores with under a second remaining to give Wild 4-3 OT win over Los Angeles," 27 Feb. 2021 The network announced this week that Ray Donovan will return with a wrap-up movie, giving these characters the closure that fans demanded. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "Ray Donovan’s Showrunner Credits Fan Outcry for the Show’s ‘Very Ambitious’ Wrap-up Movie," 26 Feb. 2021 The county’s top priority is housing, intending to add an additional 2,235 units of various types of housing with wrap-around support services on top of the nearly 4,000 units already on the books. oregonlive, "Portland-area counties enjoy wide latitude as they ponder how to spend homelessness services tax," 13 Feb. 2021 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 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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