Meaning of WRAP in English

I. ˈrap, dial ˈräp verb

( wrapped also wrapt -pt ; wrapped also wrapt ; wrapping ; wraps )

Etymology: Middle English wrappen; probably akin to Danish dialect vravle to twist together, wind, Greek rhaptein to sew, stitch together — more at rhapsody

transitive verb


a. : to cover, envelop, or enclose especially entirely or to a great extent within a covering (as a garment or cloth) especially by winding or folding

let him wrap her shoulders in the white shawl — Marcia Davenport

— often used with about, around, or up

he was wrapped up in a blanket — Georg Meyers

b. : to envelop (as with paper) and usually secure (as with string) for protection or convenience in transportation or storage : enclose in a package, parcel, or bundle : do up — usually used with up

the waitress wraps up your table-scraps in a napkin — Corey Ford

wrapped up in Christmas wrapping paper — Crompton & Royton Chronicle

c. : to enclose wholly or partially by coiling, looping, grasping, or embracing

a store-bought watermelon wrapped in her arms — Eudora Welty

wrapped in chains — H.E.Rieseberg

d. : to coil, fold, draw, or twine (as a string or cloth) especially so as to envelop or encompass — usually used with about, around, or round

wrap a rubber band around the thread tight up against the nut — Gadgets Annual

wrap a car around a pole — Mel Heimer

the cold rain wrapped his thin shirt and trousers round his body and legs — Marcia Davenport

lay down, wrapping the cloak about her — Louis Bromfield

e. : to serve as a surrounding cover, envelope, wrapping, coil, loop, or band for

a white mink stole will wrap her — Springfield (Massachusetts) Union

2. obsolete : to double or gather up in pliant folds so as to be more compact : fold

the napkin … wrapped together in a place by itself — Jn 20:7 (Authorized Version)


a. : to envelop or enclose completely

the bluffs … wrapped in mist — American Guide Series: Tennessee

dusk had wrapped the city — T.B.Costain

store was wrapped in flames — New York Herald Tribune

b. : to involve, encompass, suffuse, or surround with or in an aura, viewpoint, condition, feeling, or state

the sense of fate that wrapped his folktales — Van Wyck Brooks

the whole thing was wrapped in disgrace — Robert Reid

c. : to engross the attention or interest of to the exclusion of anything else : completely involve mentally or emotionally

a boy and girl wrapped in a world of each other — Harold Griffin

walked along wrapped in my own thoughts — Carolyn Hannay

— usually used with up

wrapped up in a ceremonial veneration of the past — Oscar Handlin

he was all wrapped up in his daughter — Erle Stanley Gardner


a. : to conceal or obscure the nature of as if by enveloping or enfolding : hide by enveloping in something extraneous, irrelevant, vague, or verbose

its origin is wrapped in multiplied legends — American Guide Series: Arkansas

— often used with up

the book is overwritten and wrapped up in needless jargon — Sidney Hook

agriculturists and private utilities equally wrap up their selfish interests in states' rights language — C.H.Pritchett

b. : veil , conceal

clouds wrapped the peak from view

5. : to enclose as if with a protective covering

wrapped in the authority of his office — Newsweek

have become impatient with those … who wrap themselves in the Constitution — Episcopal Churchnews

6. : to add as a wrap — used with round or around

as inserts in the printed book, halftone illustrations may be … wrapped around a certain number of text pages — Publisher to Author

7. : to enclose within a small compass — usually used with up

a little brochure was designed to wrap up a selling message along with some more information — Printers' Ink

wraps up two important driving conveniences … into one handy accessory — Buick Magazine

intransitive verb


a. : to wind, coil, or twine so as to partially or completely encircle something

windshields have compound curves that wrap around — Christian Science Monitor

a vine wraps round the pillar

b. : to become spread over a person or object as a covering

coats that wrap around — advt

2. : to put on clothing : dress — usually used with up

wrap up warm, and we'll go — W.F.De Morgan

3. : to be subject to covering, enclosing, or packaging — usually used with up

the hydrogen bomb wraps up into a fairly small package — R.H.Rovere



variant of rap III

III. “, dial ˈräp noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English wrappe, from wrappen to cover, wrap



(1) : a covering that encompasses something : wrapper , wrapping

put … into gaily drawn paper wraps — Newsweek

(2) : material for wraps

use of transparent film as a wrap for bundling packages — Modern Packaging

(3) : the process or product or a manner of wrapping

supervising the wrap of a great sheaf of tiger lilies — Christopher Morley

produces uniformly neat, tight wraps — Fishing Gazette

b. : an article of clothing that may be wrapped round a person ; especially : a garment (as a coat, jacket, or shawl) for outdoor wear as part of a costume or in cold or stormy weather

c. : a warm covering (as a blanket or shawl) used while traveling or sleeping

d. : a 4-page insert folded around text leaves of a book and sewed in — called also wraparound


a. : a single turn or convolution of something wound round an object

at the end of each strip I would make a couple of wraps with wire to hold the bark in place — W.D.Wallace

b. : a unit of length in warping equivalent to 3000 yards

c. : a surface pattern or clock on men's hose made by knitting in extra yarns

3. wraps plural

a. : restraint

was under wraps from the higher command — G.S.Patton

is unequivocal when she takes off the wraps — Edmund Fuller

b. : secrecy , censorship

the plan was kept carefully under wraps until after the election — Don Pryor

airplane makers took the wraps off a brand-new jet engine — New Orleans (La.) Times-Picayune

IV. transitive verb

: to bring to completion : wrap up ; especially : to finish filming or videotaping

wrap a movie

intransitive verb

: to be brought to completion

principal photography is due to wrap soon — Variety

V. noun

: the completion of filming or videotaping

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