\ 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)

Synonyms & Antonyms for wrap

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Start with baby dill pickles (sometimes called cornichons), fill them with a spicy cheese mixture, wrap them in ham, and bake. Wini Moranville, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Aug. 2022 Once your initial style is complete, braid the section and wrap it around the base of your topknot, securing it with a bobby pin for an elegant overall look. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 5 Aug. 2022 Covid has forced us to wrap ourselves more in our digital personas (Facebook, Zoom, Amazon, etc.) and managing them is time consuming and tedious. Michael Gale, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Application is simple: Just peel each strip from its backing, firmly apply and wrap them around your teeth, then leave them on for 30 minutes while the whitening agents work. Annie Burdick, PEOPLE.com, 10 July 2022 Then, Chadwick said Juan ordered him to help get Q.C.'s body out of the tub and wrap it in a blanket. Tracy Smith, CBS News, 2 July 2022 For less fuss, feel free to fully husk the corn and wrap it in foil. Sunset Magazine, 1 July 2022 Wet a sheet or two of rice paper, fill it with veggies, protein and quickly cooked noodles, and wrap it into a handheld summer roll. Jess Eng, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 And to watch the energy rise and wrap itself around the fact that this is an authentic, traditional, structured musical — the audience was basking in it. New York Times, 14 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When you're done, remove the plastic wrap and let the bowl dry. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Sep. 2022 Eilish’s first tour of these parts since 2019 is scheduled to wrap-up next Monday (Sept. 19) at Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 14 Sep. 2022 Brunello Cucinelli x Neiman Marcus wrap sweater, $5,995, denim jacket, $2,995, shirt, $1,595, jeans, $1,795, belt, $995, and clogs, $1,195, NeimanMarcus​.com. WSJ, 14 Sep. 2022 Toheeb Jimoh, who opted for a wrap suit in seafoam this evening, is nominated tonight in the Best Supporting actor category. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 13 Sep. 2022 The second and last photos show the final hairstyle sans the wrap. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 12 Sep. 2022 The suspect sometimes wore a yellow vest or dark-colored jogging attire and a head wrap. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 11 Sep. 2022 At Bergdorf Good Night, the luxury department store's NYFW fête, Elson performed in a glamorous black long-sleeve wrap gown with gold and pearl embellishments by Moschino, styled with abstract pearl drop earrings by Completedworks. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Sep. 2022 Darren Barkins back to wearing a wrap on his left hand. oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Wrap cheese in waxed paper and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, 29 Aug. 2017 Wrap pencil with washi tape keeping it as tight as possible. Sarah Newell, Seventeen, 9 Aug. 2017 See More

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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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More Definitions for wrap


\ 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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