- to enclose in something wound or folded about (often followed by up): She wrapped her head in a scarf.
- to enclose and make fast (an article, bundle, etc.) within a covering of paper or the like (often followed by up): He wrapped the package up in brown paper.
- to wind, fold, or bind (something) about as a covering.
- to protect with coverings, outer garments, etc. (usually followed by up).
- to cover (fingernails) with a sheer silk or linen fabric, as to repair or strengthen them.
- to surround, envelop, shroud, or hide.
- to fold or roll up.
- Movies, Television. to finish the filming of (a motion picture).
- to wrap oneself (usually followed by up).
- to become wrapped, as about something; fold.
- Movies, Television. to complete the filming of a motion picture: We hope to wrap in time for Christmas.
- something to be wrapped about the person, especially in addition to the usual indoor clothing, as a shawl, scarf, or sweater: an evening wrap.
- a beauty treatment in which a part or all of the body is covered with cream, lotion, herbs, or the like and then wrapped snugly with cloth.
- a sheer silk or linen fabric glued to the fingernails to repair or strengthen them.
- a piece of thin, flat bread wrapped around a filling and eaten as a sandwich.
- Movies, Television.
- the completion of photography on a film or an individual scene.
- the termination of a working day during the shooting of a film.
- wraparound in style: a wrap skirt.
- wrap up, to conclude; finish work on: to wrap up a project.
- under wraps, Informal. secret: The army wants this research project kept under wraps.
- wrapped up in,
- intensely absorbed in: wrapped up in one's work.
- involved in; bound up with: Peace is wrapped up in willingness to compromise.
Origin of wrap
- to fold or wind (paper, cloth, etc) around (a person or thing) so as to cover
- (often foll by up) to fold paper, etc, around to fasten securely
- to surround or conceal by surrounding
- to enclose, immerse, or absorbwrapped in sorrow
- to fold, wind, or roll up
- (intr; often foll by about, around, etc) to be or become wound or extended
- to complete the filming of (a motion picture or television programme)
- Also called: rap (often foll by up) Australian informal to praise (someone)
- a garment worn wrapped around the body, esp the shoulders, such as a shawl or cloak
- short for wrapround (def. 5)
- a type of sandwich consisting of a tortilla wrapped round a filling
- mainly US wrapping or a wrapper
- British slang a small package of an illegal drug in powder forma wrap of heroin
- Also called: rap Australian informal a commendation
- the end of a working day during the filming of a motion picture or television programme
- the completion of filming of a motion picture or television programme
- keep under wraps to keep secret
- take the wraps off to reveal
Word Origin for wrap
early 14c., wrappen, of uncertain etymology, perhaps via Scandinavian (cf. Danish dialectal vravle "to wind"), ultimately from PIE *werp- "to turn, wind" (cf. Greek rhaptein "to sew"), from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). Related: Wrapped; wrapping.
late 15c., "fine cloth used as a cover or wrapping for bread," from wrap (v.). As a type of women's garment, recorded from 1827. Meaning "end of a filming session" is attested from 1974. Figurative phrase under wraps "in concealment" is recorded from 1939.
In addition to the idiom beginning with wrap
- wrap up
- twist (wrap) around one's finger
- under wraps