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/ ˈræpˌʌp /
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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.
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Origin of wrap-up

First recorded in 1950–55; noun use of verb phrase wrap up
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What is a wrap-up?

A wrap-up is a report or summary of something, as in Lana likes the wrap-ups of her essays to repeat what’s in her introductions.

A wrap-up is also the conclusion of something, such as the final scene of a movie in which you find out what happens to all the characters.

Wrap-up is a noun that comes from an informal sense of the verb phrase wrap up, meaning to make a summary of.

Example: Did you ever get to create the wrap-up for the last meeting?

Where does wrap-up come from?

The first records of the term wrap-up come from around 1950. It comes from the verb phrase wrap up, meaning “to finish or put an end to.”

A wrap-up usually refers to a report on the results of an event, either written, presented, or simply logged in a database. But it can also describe the specific details that would be included in a wrap-up document, such as election results or the winner of a race.

In Australian slang, a wrap-up is a flattering recommendation or review of something, like you might give to a friend for your favorite restaurant.

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How is wrap-up used in real life?

Wrap-up is a casual way to refer to a final report or a conclusion.



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On Monday, our professor gave us a wrap-up of what to expect this week.

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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
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-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]

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