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
The U.S. wants to keep its $55 billion bomber program under tight wraps.How the Pentagon Strangles Its Most Advanced Stealth Warplanes | Bill Sweetman | October 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Especially with casting, those things are hard to keep under wraps.The Leaner, Meaner Season 2 of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ | Jason Lynch | September 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
EDINBURGH — Every actor can recall their worst review; but most try to keep them under wraps.
But it was good that it was kept under wraps, because it made it so much more shocking.Life After Deaths: Sean Bean on 'Game of Thrones' Paternity and 'Legends' | Jason Lynch | August 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And he has just the idea: a radical new video service, the details of which he's smartly keeping under wraps.Killing Net Neutrality Kills the Dreams of Young Entrepreneurs | Joshua DuBois | April 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When a leaf is so young that it wraps itself around the main stalk it's useless to try to turn it over.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
When the party was complete they bundled into their wraps again and piled into the machines.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
And, by the way, there is little danger of being supplied with too many clothes and wraps when motoring in Britain.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
The envelope of air wraps the earth completely about, and, though varying in thickness, is everywhere present over its surface.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
At no time in the summer were we able to dispense for any length of time with heavy wraps and robes while on the road.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
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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