Definition of wrap in English:

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Pronunciation: /rap/

verb (wraps, wrapping, wrapped or archaic wrapt)

1 [with object] Cover or enclose (someone or something) in paper or soft material: he wrapped the Christmas presents Leonora wrapped herself in a large white bath towel
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  • The pillars are wrapped in new reflective material which allows light to bounce off the stone and create a natural light in the building.
  • Coming back into the room, she wrapped a soft night-robe around her.
  • The designers used paper fabric to wrap each chair.
swathe, bundle, swaddle, muffle, cloak, enfold, envelop, encase, cover, fold, wind
package, pack, pack up, bundle, bundle up;
1.1Clasp; embrace: she wrapped him in her arms
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  • As a reaction the man grabbed her close to him, wrapping her into an embrace.
  • Upon hearing them, the old woman wrapped Altair into an embrace similar to the one she'd given Ada, nearly squeezing the life out of him.
  • I was wrapped in Diogenes' embrace and gazing sleepily at the flames as they danced within the confines of the fire pit.
1.2Cover (the body) with a body wrap.
1.3Cover (the fingernails) with a nail wrap.
Example sentences
  • Fungus, yeast and mold can grow under wrapped nails, according to Dr. Mark Oestreicher, a Bridgeport, Conn., dermatologist and instructor at Yale University.
  • The fabric used to wrap is usually fiberglass mesh.
  • I've been wearing wrapped nails for quite some time now and finally had them taken off.
2 [with object] (wrap something around) Arrange paper or soft material around (someone or something), typically as a covering or for warmth or protection: wrap the bandage around the injured limb
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  • I dried myself off with a soft towel and wrapped it around myself while I dried my hair and brushed my teeth.
  • Serena is knitting and wraps a skein around Offred's hands.
  • She wrapped a paper napkin around her uneaten pretzel and gave him her full attention.
2.1Place an arm, finger, or leg around (someone or something): he wrapped an arm around her waist
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  • He laughed, placing his arms over mine, intertwining our fingers and wrapping both our arms around my upper torso.
  • Her fingers were tightly wrapped over the edge of the mattress and she watched the clock closely.
  • It'll be tough to wrap your fingers all the way around the bar, but that's the point.
2.2 informal Crash a vehicle into (a stationary object): Richard wrapped his car around a telephone pole
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  • The car swerved and wrapped itself around a pole.
  • Smoke pours from the hood of the mangled car that has wrapped itself around a sturdy palm.
  • Toby recognized the car that was now wrapped around a pole; it belonged to one of the local teens.
3 [with object] Computing Cause (a word or unit of text) to be carried over to a new line automatically as the margin is reached, or to fit around embedded features such as pictures.
Example sentences
  • In fact in most cases, it is highly desirable to have an editor that wraps long text lines.
  • If a line of text is too long to fit between the page margins, the text should be wrapped onto additional lines as needed.
  • Some email programs automatically wrap text at a certain number of characters - while others won't wrap the text at all.
3.1 [no object] (Of a word or unit or text) be carried over to the next line or fit around a picture.
Example sentences
  • I'd like to do what one often sees in printed books - a picture is forced to the top of a page, and the text wraps around it.
  • For some reason, the paragraph on the pages don't wrap - they just go on one line causing a horizontal scrollbar.
  • For another, the view doesn't stretch the width of the your screen, so text will end up wrapping when on the final page it might not.
4 [no object] informal Finish filming or recording: we wrapped on schedule three days later
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  • After the film wrapped, DeMille had the set dismantled and buried.
  • When the film had wrapped, Arnold and Monroe spent a week together going through contact sheets.
  • In January 2000 the film I was producing wrapped, and the editing process began in New York City.


1A loose outer garment or piece of material.
Example sentences
  • Finally, Dragana Perisic's simple, stylish pieces consists of wraps for men and long straight skirts for women.
  • More fluid designs and flowers bloomed all over the catwalks, on everything from chiffon dresses and silk wraps to shirts, bikinis and kaftans.
  • Capes, ponchos and crocheted wraps were teamed with pants and even skirts.
shawl, stole, cloak, cape, mantle, scarf, poncho, serape, pelisse
1.1 [as modifier] Denoting a garment having one part overlapping another; wraparound: a wrap skirt
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  • Typical usage is a simple trim on a hood or wrap scarf and the fur might just as easily be rabbit as mink.
  • There was plenty of creativity on the ramp as Rohit played around with the traditional lungi and wrap skirt combining them with pants.
  • After a swim, put on the wrap skirt over your bikini or swim suit, and go for a drink.
1.2Paper or soft material used for wrapping: plastic food wrap
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  • Bones and plastic food wrap can cause choking and/or obstruct a pet's digestive system, and may require a surgical solution.
  • Films are the type of flexible plastic used in plastic bags or food wrap, only much thicker.
  • To maintain humidity during germination, I place the flat in a plastic bag, cover it with plastic food wrap or use a plastic humidity cover.
1.3 (usually wraps) A veil of secrecy maintained about something, especially a new project: details of the police operation are being kept under wraps
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  • A separate rate would be arranged for families wishing to hire canoes, although many of the details of the project remain under wraps.
  • Because it did not have final approval, the project was kept under wraps.
  • Just how seriously council is considering that option, or other financial decisions associated with the project, is being kept under wraps.
2 [usually in singular] informal The end of a session of filming or recording: right, it’s a wrap
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  • I just finished a wrap last week on a movie called Bottoms Up, which is a romantic comedy.
  • The director keyed his radio and announced that this segment was a wrap and that John and Shawn should get themselves to the set.
  • As the testing draws to a close and the director calls a wrap on the shoot, I realise the Ferrari 355 Spyder hasn't been part of the proceedings at all.
3A sandwich in which the filling is rolled in a soft tortilla.
Example sentences
  • The Point Cafe also offers a variety of breakfast items, as well as soup, salads, sandwiches and wraps.
  • Wholemeal, ciabatta, bagels, pitta bread or tortilla wraps will be a welcome change.
  • But while the more adventurous opt for tortilla wraps and spicy fillings, just as many will plump for a basic cheese roll.
4 short for body wrap.
4.1 short for nail wrap.


be wrapped up in

Be so engrossed or absorbed in (something) that one does not notice other people or things.
Example sentences
  • She was wrapped up in more important problems then what Bull had to say about her.
  • Elendil didn't notice the slight sarcasm because he was wrapped up in his jealousy of Hildor.
  • I didn't really notice who was doing what though, too busy being wrapped up in my own world.

Phrasal verbs


wrap up

(also wrap someone up)
Put on (or dress someone in) warm clothes: wrap up warm Tim was well wrapped up against the weather
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  • My father wrapped me up in his bathrobe and I got to sit up with my parents drink flat ginger ale and watch Johnny Carson.
  • Jarlox himself just wore pantaloons, his golden skin seeming to glow a little bit in the sun while both Autumn and Sofi were wrapped up in their cloaks, content to hide from view.
  • By this time, Neeley had given birth to the first girl and the officers wrapped her up in Karen's police jacket to keep her warm.
dress warmly, bundle up

wrap something up

Complete or conclude a discussion or agreement: they hope to wrap up negotiations within sixty days
More example sentences
  • They wrap it up with some fascinating conclusions and five answers to ‘what to do and how to do it.’
  • ‘There has been a lot of interest in the property and we're hoping to wrap it up in the next week,’ he told the Western People.
  • Menigo said it was hoped the case would be wrapped up by June 25.
conclude, finish, end, wind up, terminate, stop, cease, finalize, complete, tie up
informal sew up
2.1Win a game or competition: Australia wrapped up the series 4-0
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  • The Robins pressed for an equaliser but the visitors wrapped the game up when Gavin Dickinson scored after a good break in the 67th minute.
  • And they appeared to have wrapped the game up when Mark Dickinson touched down between the posts.
  • Although honours in the end were evenly shared after a hard fought contest, one could not help feeling that Yorkshire could have wrapped the game up inside three days if they had adopted different tactics.


Middle English: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with wrap

bap, cap, chap, clap, dap, entrap, enwrap, flap, frap, gap, giftwrap, hap, knap, lap, Lapp, map, nap, nappe, pap, rap, sap, schappe, scrap, slap, snap, strap, tap, trap, yap, zap

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