verb (used with object), un·wrapped, un·wrap·ping.

to remove or open the wrapping of.
to open (something wrapped): Sheila unwrapped the Christmas presents quickly.

verb (used without object), un·wrapped, un·wrap·ping.

to become unwrapped.

Origin of unwrap

1200–50; Middle English unwrappen; see un-2, wrap
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Contemporary Examples of unwrap

Historical Examples of unwrap

  • His first act was to unwrap one of the coster lights, and set it on fire.

    Darry the Life Saver

    Frank V. Webster

  • When she proved too languid to unwrap the box, I was seriously uneasy.

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram

  • Neither would he unwrap the mystery-thing, for fear that its power might escape.

    The Giant of the North

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • They watched it unwrap the package and take the metal plate in its hands.

    The Defenders

    Philip K. Dick

  • When this has properly seasoned the meat, take from the fire, unwrap and drain.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia

    Marion Cabell Tyree

British Dictionary definitions for unwrap


verb -wraps, -wrapping or -wrapped

to remove the covering or wrapping from (something) or (of something wrapped) to have the covering come off
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Word Origin and History for unwrap

late 14c., from un- (2) + wrap. Related: Unwrapped; unwrapping.

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