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
  1. noun
    cloak that is folded or wrapped around a person
    synonyms: wrapper
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    cloak
    a loose outer garment
  2. noun
    the covering (usually paper or cellophane) in which something is wrapped
    synonyms: wrapper, wrapping
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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
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    covering
    an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
  3. noun
    a sandwich in which the filling is rolled up in a soft tortilla
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    sandwich
    two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them
  4. verb
    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
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    cover
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  5. verb
    arrange or fold as a cover or protection
    wrap the baby before taking her out”
    Wrap the present”
    synonyms: wrap up
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    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
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    cover
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  6. verb
    arrange or or coil around
    “She wrapped her arms around the child”
    synonyms: roll, twine, wind
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    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
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  7. verb
    crash into so as to coil around
    “The teenager wrapped his car around the fire hydrant”
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    crash
    cause to crash
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