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verb (used with object),wrapped or wrapt, wrap·ping.
  1. to enclose in something wound or folded about (often followed by up): She wrapped her head in a scarf.

  2. 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.

  1. to wind, fold, or bind (something) about as a covering.

  2. to protect with coverings, outer garments, etc. (usually followed by up).

  3. to cover (fingernails) with a sheer silk or linen fabric, as to repair or strengthen them.

  4. to surround, envelop, shroud, or hide.

  5. to fold or roll up.

  6. Movies, Television. to finish the filming of (a motion picture).

verb (used without object),wrapped or wrapt, wrap·ping.
  1. to wrap oneself (usually followed by up).

  2. 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.

  1. Movies, Television. to complete the filming of a motion picture: We hope to wrap in time for Christmas.

  1. something to be wrapped about the person, especially in addition to the usual indoor clothing, such as a shawl: an evening wrap.

  2. 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.

  1. a sheer silk or linen fabric glued to the fingernails to repair or strengthen them.

  2. a flatbread wrapped around a filling and eaten as a sandwich.

  3. Movies, Television.

    • the completion of photography on a film or an individual scene.

    • the termination of a working day during the shooting of a film.

  1. wraparound in style: a wrap skirt.

Verb Phrases
  1. wrap up, to conclude; finish work on: to wrap up a project.

Idioms about wrap

  1. under wraps, Informal. secret: The army wants this research project kept under wraps.

  2. 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.

Origin of wrap

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English wrappen, 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.
  • 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.

Words that may be confused with wrap

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How to use wrap in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for wrap


/ (ræp) /

verbwraps, wrapping or wrapped (mainly tr)
  1. to fold or wind (paper, cloth, etc) around (a person or thing) so as to cover

  2. (often foll by up) to fold paper, etc, around to fasten securely

  1. to surround or conceal by surrounding

  2. to enclose, immerse, or absorb: wrapped in sorrow

  3. to fold, wind, or roll up

  4. (intr; often foll by about, around, etc) to be or become wound or extended

  5. to complete the filming of (a motion picture or television programme)

  6. Also called: rap (often foll by up) Australian informal to praise (someone)

  1. a garment worn wrapped around the body, esp the shoulders, such as a shawl or cloak

  1. a type of sandwich consisting of a tortilla wrapped round a filling

  2. mainly US wrapping or a wrapper

  3. British slang a small package of an illegal drug in powder form: a wrap of heroin

  4. 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

  5. keep under wraps to keep secret

  6. take the wraps off to reveal

Origin of wrap

C14: origin unknown

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Other Idioms and Phrases with wrap


In addition to the idiom beginning with wrap

  • wrap up

also see:

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

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