[ rap ]
/ ræp /
verb (used with object), wrapped or wrapt, wrap·ping.
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).
verb (used without object), wrapped or wrapt, wrap·ping.
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.
- 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.
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Idioms for wrap
- intensely absorbed in: wrapped up in one's work.
- involved in; bound up with: Peace is wrapped up in willingness to compromise.
under wraps, Informal. secret: The army wants this research project kept under wraps.
wrapped up in,
Origin of wrap
1275–1325; Middle English (v.), of obscure origin; compare dialectal Danish vravle to wind
OTHER WORDS FROM wrap
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.prewrap, nounre·wrap, verb, re·wrapped, re·wrap·ping.
un·der·wrap, nounun·der·wrap, verb (used with object), un·der·wrapped, un·der·wrap·ping.
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British Dictionary definitions for wrap
/ (ræp) /
verb wraps, wrapping or wrapped (mainly tr)
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 for wrap
C14: origin unknown
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
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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