wrap

To wrap something is to enclose it, like when you wrap holiday presents in glittery paper. When you're done with the presents, you can wrap yourself in a cozy blanket while you drink hot chocolate.

Wrap also has a number of noun meanings. There's the wrap you wear, which is similar to a cloak or a shawl. There's also the plastic wrap you use to cover a bowl of leftovers, and the wrap you make when you fold a tortilla around sandwich fillings. The verb wrap came first, from a root meaning "to turn or wind." To wrap something up also means to end it, so let's wrap up this blurb by saying, "That's a wrap!" — it's what movie directors since the 1920s have been saying when filming is finished.

Definitions of wrap
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n cloak that is folded or wrapped around a person

Synonyms:
wrapper
Type of:
cloak
a loose outer garment

n the covering (usually paper or cellophane) in which something is wrapped

Synonyms:
wrapper, wrapping
Types:
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envelope
any wrapper or covering
film, plastic film
a thin sheet of (usually plastic and usually transparent) material used to wrap or cover things
gift wrapping
ornamental wrapping for gifts
jacket
an outer wrapping or casing
plastic wrap
wrapping consisting of a very thin transparent sheet of plastic
cellophane
a transparent paperlike product that is impervious to moisture and used to wrap candy or cigarettes etc.
Polaroid
(trade mark) a plastic film that can polarize a beam of light; often used in sunglasses to eliminate glare
record jacket
the jacket for a phonograph record
Saran Wrap, cling film, clingfilm
a thin plastic film made of saran (trade name Saran Wrap) that sticks to itself; used for wrapping food
shrink-wrap
the clinging transparent plastic film that is used to shrinkwrap something
book jacket, dust cover, dust jacket, dust wrapper
a paper jacket for a book; a jacket on which promotional information is usually printed
Type of:
covering
an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)

n a sandwich in which the filling is rolled up in a soft tortilla

Type of:
sandwich
two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them

v enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering

Synonyms:
enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap
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benight
envelop with social, intellectual, or moral darkness
tube
place or enclose in a tube
capsulate, capsule, capsulise, capsulize
enclose in a capsule
engulf
flow over or cover completely
sheathe
enclose with a sheath
cocoon
wrap in or as if in a cocoon, as for protection
bathe
suffuse with or as if with light
cover, enshroud, hide, shroud
cover as if with a shroud
Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered

v arrange or fold as a cover or protection

wrap the baby before taking her out”
Wrap the present”
Synonyms:
wrap up
Antonyms:
undo, unwrap
remove the outer cover or wrapping of
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do up
wrap for decorative purposes
parcel
make into a wrapped container
cere
wrap up in a cerecloth
shrinkwrap
wrap something tightly with heated plastic that shrinks upon cooling
gift-wrap
wrap (a gift) attractively
shroud
wrap in a shroud
Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered

v arrange or or coil around

“She wrapped her arms around the child”
Synonyms:
roll, twine, wind
Antonyms:
unroll, unwind, wind off
reverse the winding or twisting of
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spool
wind onto a spool or a reel
reel
wind onto or off a reel
ball
form into a ball by winding or rolling
clew, clue
roll into a ball
coil, curl, loop
wind around something in coils or loops
cheese
wind onto a cheese
reel off, unreel
unwind from or as if from a reel
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v crash into so as to coil around

“The teenager wrapped his car around the fire hydrant”
Type of:
crash
cause to crash

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