[ rap-uhp ]
/ ˈræpˌʌp /


a final report or summary: a wrap-up of the evening news.
the conclusion or final result: the wrap-up of the election campaign.
Australian Slang. an enthusiastic recommendation or flattering account.

Nearby words

  1. wrans,
  2. wrap,
  3. wrap account,
  4. wrap party,
  5. wrap up,
  6. wraparound,
  7. wraparound mortgage,
  8. wrapover,
  9. wrapped,
  10. wrapped up

Origin of wrap-up

First recorded in 1950–55; noun use of verb phrase wrap up

Origin of wrap

1275–1325; Middle English (v.), of obscure origin; compare dialectal Danish vravle to wind

Related forms
Can be confusedrap wraprapped rapt wrapped wrapt

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British Dictionary definitions for wrap up

wrap up

verb (adverb)

(tr) to fold paper around
to put warm clothes on
(usually imperative) slang to be silent
(tr) informal
  1. to settle the final details of
  2. to make a summary of


/ (ræp) /

verb wraps, wrapping or wrapped (mainly tr)


Word Origin for wrap

C14: origin unknown

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Word Origin and History for wrap up
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Idioms and Phrases with wrap up

wrap up


Bring to a conclusion, settle successfully, as in As soon as we wrap up this deal, we can go on vacation. [First half of 1900s]


Summarize, recapitulate, as in To wrap up, the professor went over the three main categories. [First half of the 1900s]


In addition to the idiom beginning with wrap

  • wrap up

also see:

  • twist (wrap) around one's finger
  • under wraps
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