- 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
Examples from the Web for wrap
It can be hard to wrap your head around the problems facing the continent because they might seem ancient to us.Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa
December 22, 2014
Creepy thing to wrap up in festive paper and a bow and give to a newborn baby, yeah?Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
Sailor Moon Crystal is expected to wrap up its initial storylines by the end of the year.‘Sailor Moon’ Is an Oasis for Superheroes Who Can Save the Universe in Heels
November 26, 2014
Diane von Furstenberg has been an original throughout her life – the wrap dress was her creation.Women in the World Texas Sneak Peek
October 20, 2014
What were the biggest hurdles for you on The Sopranos as far as storylines to tackle, or storylines to wrap up?David Chase on Tony Soprano’s Fate, the State of TV, and Why He Couldn’t Finish ‘True Detective’
September 4, 2014
Wrap in a strip of gauze or cheesecloth and place in a steamer.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
I was too busy takin' a wrap on Lucretia; she was gettin' a bit out of hand.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
The wind was keen, and I had to wrap myself well in my cloak.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Will you have my cap or my scarf in which to wrap your feet and warm them?
He tried to wrap himself up and lie down as before, but could no longer do so.Master and Man
- 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 and History 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.
Idioms and Phrases with wrap
In addition to the idiom beginning with wrap
- wrap up
- twist (wrap) around one's finger
- under wraps