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, enclosed, packaged, or folded (usually followed by up): This hat wraps up into a pocket-size square—perfect for hiking and camping.
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, such as a shawl: 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 flatbread wrapped around a filling and eaten as a sandwich.
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.
Idioms about wrap
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.
- in·ter·wrap, verb (used without object), in·ter·wrapped, in·ter·wrap·ping.
- pre·wrap, verb (used with object), pre·wrapped, pre·wrap·ping.
- pre·wrap, noun
- re·wrap, verb, re·wrapped, re·wrap·ping.
- un·der·wrap, noun
- un·der·wrap, verb (used with object), un·der·wrapped, un·der·wrap·ping.
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How to use wrap in a sentence
After the July sessions wrapped, coaches continued meeting with smaller groups of students from the cheer team at private gyms for extra compensation.School Sports Became ‘Clubs’ Amid the Pandemic – Now Two Coaches Are Out | Ashly McGlone | September 17, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
None of this data is original — it’s all public — but putting these charts in one place can help us wrap our minds around the many different ways that questions about responsibility for climate change can be phrased.
The extent of the program had remained under wraps until early September, when new information revealed that participation had not been as limited as the government initially suggested.China has quietly vaccinated more than 100,000 people for Covid-19 before completing safety trials | Lili Pike | September 11, 2020 | Vox
A 4-0 thrashing of Leicester City at King Power stadium on Boxing Day all but wrapped it up for the Reds, who dropped only 2 points in their first 27 games in 2019-20.Will Liverpool Run Away With The Premier League Again, Or Can Manchester City Take The Title Back? | Terrence Doyle | September 10, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Walker is nimble, perceptive and skilled enough to punish defenses in too many ways for them to wrap their arms around.Give Boston’s Kemba Walker A Double Pick And Watch Him Work | Michael Pina | August 31, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dates to soften, about 15 minutes.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding | Carla Hall | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It can be hard to wrap your head around the problems facing the continent because they might seem ancient to us.
He can't wrap his head around the idea that people may want to talk about painful events.
Creepy thing to wrap up in festive paper and a bow and give to a newborn baby, yeah?
Available at La Boîte SHOLDIT Clutch wrap Purse, $70 We can all agree the dorky passport holders and money bags have got to go.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Anthony Bourdain in Your Life | Allison McNearney | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
First of all, wrap a portion of damp newspaper round the roots, and then tie up with dry paper.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
When that time comes they wrap it in their blankets, and fasten buyos and other things about the waist for the journey.
She put on a warm wrap and seated herself at the dressing-table, studying her face critically.Dope | Sax Rohmer
Mildred Wallace, scrutinizing the program, merely drew her wrap closer about her shoulders and sat more erect.The Fifth String | John Philip Sousa
Rashid retired to wrap up the purchase, and with it a second and smaller package was slipped into the customer's hand.Dope | Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for 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 absorb: wrapped 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 form: a 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with wrap
In addition to the idiom beginning with wrap
- wrap up
- twist (wrap) around one's finger
- under wraps
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