\ 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 Sure, the film has been shrink-wrapped in fake tattoos and dares to be R-rated. Kelsea Stahler, refinery29.com, "If Only Everyone Could All See Birds Of Prey Through Breakout Star Ella Jay Basco’s Eyes," 12 Feb. 2020 The oceans’ great continent-wrapping currents, each one moving as much water as all the world’s rivers combined, can rightly be considered the planet’s circulatory system. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Global warming is speeding up Earth‘s massive ocean currents," 5 Feb. 2020 This sometimes works; Adobe’s dramatic shift from selling shrink-wrapped software to software on a subscription-only basis is a stellar example. Rita Mcgrath, Fortune, "How businesses can see big changes coming ahead of time," 18 Jan. 2020 DeMarco's Here Comes Mac Demarco tour of Australia and New Zealand is presented by Frontier Touring, Chugg Entertainment amd Penny Drop, and is due to wrap-up this Saturday (Jan. 18) at Perth's Red Hill Auditorium. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Mac DeMarco's Aussie Barbeque Raises $210,000 For Bushfire Relief," 17 Jan. 2020 Make sure the packaging is tightly shrink-wrapped and secure. Stephanie Thurrott, NBC News, "How to buy and cook fish and seafood — and some tips and recipes to get you started," 4 Jan. 2020 Ups and downs from the season finale, a sloppy Broncos victory that was nearly gift-wrapped to the Raiders. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Broncos up-down drill: Best and worst performances against the Raiders," 29 Dec. 2019 The patient was later found unresponsive with a sheet wrapped around her neck. Duaa Eldeib, ProPublica, "Chicago Psychiatric Hospital Will Lose Federal Money, and Its License Is Threatened After Allegations of Abuse," 27 Dec. 2019 In Perez’s defense, during the 2016 campaign Bernie Sanders supporters had almost a religious belief that Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as party chair, gift-wrapped the nomination for Hillary Clinton. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Tom Perez’s Preposterous Debate Rules," 19 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 28th Congressional District wraps around the east side of San Antonio and stretches to Laredo. Andrea Zelinski, ExpressNews.com, "Julián Castro bucks Congressman Henry Cuellar, backs his progressive challenger," 19 Feb. 2020 The money received from Mardak and Vandenberg will ensure another 40 students receive aid through high-school and throughout their college careers by providing them wrap-around services. Princesssafiya Byers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "College completion program All-in Milwaukee gets $1 million gift to guide more students," 10 Feb. 2020 Jerome warmed up before the game with wrap around his left calf, but the rookie didn’t play. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Short-handed Suns fall to Milwaukee Bucks on road," 2 Feb. 2020 Call time begins at 8 a.m., with six shows shooting back-to-back until production wraps around 6 p.m. White has the schedule down to a science. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Vanna White Has the Greatest Job in the World—And She Knows It," 16 Dec. 2019 That provides more resources for long-term treatment and offers wrap-around services to restore hope, repair families and save lives. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "What will success look like? Front-line fighters envision the opioid epidemic's demise," 12 Dec. 2019 Veterans also can find programs, classes and tools to improve their health with wrap-around services such as weight-loss programs, smoking-cessation classes and recreation therapy. Houston Chronicle, "Houston VA wants to expand access to care," 9 Nov. 2019 Catch a good look at the skyline from the wrap around balconies on the 77th floor of Aqua Tower, in the Loop. chicagotribune.com, "77th-floor condo with balcony at Aqua Tower: $2.2M," 24 Oct. 2019 Safety Jermaine Whitehead was in early but later seen with a big wrap around his left thigh. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns joint practice report: Things get heated as fights break out," 15 Aug. 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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22 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wrap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrap. Accessed 27 Feb. 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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