\ 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

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

My spleen was removed in October, but the pancreas was left intact when the surgeon found the tumor had wrapped itself around the aorta artery. Joyce Rudolph, latimes.com, "Community: Longtime columnist goes through fight of her life," 3 June 2019 Hello notes that the queen wrapped Prince Charles in a blanket from the brand when the future king was introduced to the world. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "All the Hidden References You Missed in Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Baby Photo Call," 8 May 2019 After the ceremony wrapped, Archer had a meal at The Goring Hotel with Jackson and their four-month-old baby boy Theo, according to Mirror. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton's Stylist Natasha Archer Receives an Impressive Royal Honor," 3 May 2019 However, BBC One tweeted that the season had wrapped filming on January 18, 2019, which could suggest an air date across the pond as early as this summer. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Peaky Blinders Season 5: Everything We Know So Far," 7 Apr. 2019 Then, 20 years after the original film wrapped, 16mm film canisters containing the film were found in New Orleans, and Sandi got a call. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Netflix’s Shirkers is a punk feminist documentary gem," 26 Oct. 2018 The best time to plan a visit is late July and August, once the cool, rainy period of the early summer has passed; otherwise, try leaf-peeping season, after harvest has wrapped. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Swiss Wine Vacation We All Need to Take," 11 Sep. 2018 He wasn't convicted until May 2018, weeks after production wrapped. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Bachelorette Creator Is Shocked By The “Assholes” That Made It Onto His Shows," 26 June 2018 Now that his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has wrapped and his 65-minute news conference is in the history books, President Trump finally had time to catch up with the Tony Awards. Tracy Brown, latimes.com, "President Trump calls out 'punch-drunk' Robert De Niro for Tony Awards comment," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One look at the broad wrap of roof at the rear pillars and hatch lid and critics point to blind spots. (james Halfacre), San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Mazda3: elevated design, distinct character," 8 June 2019 The drugs made me nauseous, pain meds blurred the world, and the ice wrap was just freaking cold. Nancy Richardson Fischer, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Power of Not Naming My Disorder," 3 Dec. 2018 Join us October 9, at 11am ET, when Google will take the wraps off its 2018 hardware lineup. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Liveblog: Google’s annual hardware launch event was this morning," 9 Oct. 2018 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles took the wraps off the 2019 Dodge Durango lineup Thursday. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Fiat Chrysler calls 2019 Durango a 3-row SUV Dodge Charger," 12 July 2018 Tape down the edges of the plastic wrap to hold it in place. NBC News, "How to get stains out of almost anything," 24 June 2018 Use a rubber band to hold the plastic wrap in place. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Make Sprinkles Dance," 31 May 2018 The season wrap averaged a 0.6 rating among adults 18 to 49. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "TV Ratings: 'Timeless' Finale Up, 'American Idol' Remains Strong," 14 May 2018 Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni might be an author by the time the Rockets' series with the Warriors wraps. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni mum on plan to slow Warriors," 12 May 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 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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