Definition of wrap in US English:



  • 1with 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’
    • ‘Mieczyslaw wrapped his shoes in paper bags so he wouldn't slip on the snow.’
    • ‘When it has fully cooled and solidified, the fat should be wrapped in old paper then put in the bin.’
    • ‘Coming back into the room, she wrapped a soft night-robe around her.’
    • ‘Leaves were wrapped in moist paper towels and immediately transported to the lab.’
    • ‘He then sent a boy for some brown paper and wrapped the fish in it.’
    • ‘The designers used paper fabric to wrap each chair.’
    • ‘I checked the closet and found some gold wrapping paper to wrap Angel's present.’
    • ‘Please remember your box and its lid should be wrapped separately in Christmas paper and fastened with a rubber band but not sealed.’
    • ‘Fruit were handled with care and, after harvest, were individually wrapped in wet paper towels to retain water.’
    • ‘Dr Conrad took a blanket from the bed and wrapped it tightly round him, then gently fished a tissue out of a box and wiped the tears from Danny's face.’
    • ‘A Culinary Institute of America grad and former Neil Stein employee, Curley wraps chicken fingers in black forest ham and Swiss.’
    • ‘Experts are convinced the hair, which was carefully wrapped in tissue paper, is a genuine lock from the Queen's head.’
    • ‘The tropical night comes fast - soon a soft darkness wraps the beach except where the gas lanterns light the work of the bhajiwallahs and the fortune tellers.’
    • ‘When he got out of his car they wrapped him in a protest banner.’
    • ‘It was a relief when I finally found my way back to the car and wrapped myself up in Andrea's mummy bag.’
    • ‘Now my desk is covered in little slips of curled paper from where they wrapped themselves around the roller.’
    • ‘The gifts should be wrapped in Christmas paper, stating whether they are for a man or a woman.’
    • ‘My presents had been wrapped in tissue paper or cheap linen, with small hollies or nativities on them.’
    • ‘The pillars are wrapped in new reflective material which allows light to bounce off the stone and create a natural light in the building.’
    • ‘The shoe boxes are then wrapped in Christmas paper and sent off to one of seven countries, mostly in Eastern Europe.’
    swathe, bundle up, swaddle, sheathe, muffle, cloak, enfold, envelop, encase, enclose, cover, fold, wind
    parcel up, parcel, package, pack, pack up, bundle, bundle up, do up, tie up, gift-wrap
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    1. 1.1wrap something aroundwith object 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’
      • ‘She watched quietly as Pete and colleague Les Goddard wrapped a small bandage around her favourite bear's head.’
      • ‘I wrapped the soft towel around me and used my hand to clear the mirror to stare at myself.’
      • ‘She stepped into a soft linen cloth and dried herself off, wrapping the towel around her long hair.’
      • ‘Driving six thick logs into the soft soil, I wrapped the ropes around the supporters.’
      • ‘Exactly how one can survive in severe subzero temperatures with a collection of blankets wrapped around them is a mystery to this viewer.’
      • ‘She was soon wrapping bandages around him, making sure to cover every cut.’
      • ‘You can insulate your pipes with foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation, wrapping the insulating material around the pipes.’
      • ‘She wrapped a paper napkin around her uneaten pretzel and gave him her full attention.’
      • ‘I dried myself off with a soft towel and wrapped it around myself while I dried my hair and brushed my teeth.’
      • ‘To really show off this all-in-one dish, cut a 16x2 1/2-inch strip of parchment paper and wrap it around each dish.’
      • ‘One girl has wrapped a gauze bandage around her little brother's head and smudged it with lipstick to mimic a bloody wound.’
      • ‘If the outside corner is exactly plumb, and they seldom are, you can simply wrap the paper around the corner and begin from its edge on the other side of the corner.’
      • ‘I wrapped the fuzzy material around my chest and it hung down to my knees.’
      • ‘Then, to my shock, she pulled off her coat so she wouldn't get it dirty and started wrapping bandages around the wounds people had received.’
      • ‘She looked at him from anxious blue eyes for a moment, and then nonchalantly wrapped a line of gauze around her forearm.’
      • ‘Serena is knitting and wraps a skein around Offred's hands.’
      • ‘Once I opened the door, I saw Sakura sitting on the floor wrapping a bandage around her knee.’
      • ‘Place the thawed spinach in several layers of paper towels; wrap the towel around the spinach and squeeze over the sink.’
      • ‘Darren sat up on the table while a nurse wrapped some bandages around his ribs.’
      • ‘Sliding down from the car, she wraps her coat more tightly around her and jogs down the street.’
      wind round, twist round, coil round, wrap round, weave, intertwine, interlink, interlace, interweave, interthread, criss-cross, entangle, tangle
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    2. 1.2 Place an arm, finger, or leg around (someone or something)
      ‘he wrapped an arm around her waist’
      • ‘He released my hands, only to wrap his long fingers around my upper arms.’
      • ‘She looked into his small, delicate face and put her finger into his tiny hand, smiling as he wrapped his little fingers round it.’
      • ‘I wrapped my arms unenthusiastically round his waist and we were off.’
      • ‘Her fingers were tightly wrapped over the edge of the mattress and she watched the clock closely.’
      • ‘She wrapped her fingers hard around her sister's thin wrists so that Talitha's sleepy moaning turned into a frightened whimpering.’
      • ‘He laughed, placing his arms over mine, intertwining our fingers and wrapping both our arms around my upper torso.’
      • ‘He just leant towards her, steadying himself with one hand, and wrapping the other round her waist.’
      • ‘As if misplaced there and forgotten, a burning cigarette jutted from between his fingers, which were wrapped around the handle bar.’
      • ‘She shoved it back into his hands, but he put it back in her hand and wrapped her fingers over it.’
      • ‘I just wrapped my arms and legs round a handy railing and held tight.’
      • ‘She then took a spoon, and wrapped Canolmed's fingers around it.’
      • ‘Fingers go white with loss of feeling having been wrapped round the work bag handles all day.’
      • ‘At that, Terel wrapped his fingers about her arm and began pulling her away.’
      • ‘It'll be tough to wrap your fingers all the way around the bar, but that's the point.’
      • ‘Leaning forward, she wrapped her gloved fingers around the cold railing as she wondered why she had refused Valmont's offer of a dance.’
      • ‘He then felt his senses taking control as he wrapped his own arms round her and gave her a small squeeze.’
      • ‘Her eyes were cast down - almost in a guilty manner - to the ground and her fingers were wrapped tightly around the rim of the gold mask.’
      • ‘She wrapped her rough fingers round the soft material of the bag and bought it back to her original sitting place.’
      • ‘She wrapped her delicate arms warmly round his, beaming elegantly.’
      • ‘Angela gets her ticket checked and comes up behind us, wrapping her arms around Matt.’
    3. 1.3 Clasp; embrace.
      ‘she wrapped him in her arms’
      • ‘A moment later the four of us were wrapped in a huge embrace.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The cool, mid-October air meant that we needed to start wearing jackets outside, and in our final embrace, he wrapped me in his.’
      • ‘Precious seconds later, they were wrapped in a tight embrace, each unwilling to let the other go.’
      • ‘I felt someone wrap me in an embrace in the dark alley; I buried my head into their chest, smelling the sweet smell of vanilla.’
      • ‘Two of them wrapped him in an embrace of mateship, holding his arms to his side.’
      • ‘I felt Aunt Laura sit next to me and wrap me in another embrace.’
      • ‘Tom wrapped her body in a comforting embrace as George answered the question.’
      • ‘Before I knew it though tears were streaming down my face and Marco reached over and wrapped me in a bear hug.’
      • ‘Remembering the way Chandra and Lydia had embraced her, Bryony wrapped her arms about the child.’
      • ‘Immediately she was wrapped in an embrace, a familiar perfume filling her nose.’
      • ‘Zeke brought his mouth to mine again, this time coaxing me to wrap him in an embrace.’
      • ‘He wrapped her in his embrace as the panic he felt earlier finally subsiding.’
      • ‘Jordan was taken aback for a moment before he undid his seatbelt and leant over to his mother to wrap her in his embrace.’
      • ‘For several minutes they embraced each other and wrapped themselves in loving passion.’
      • ‘It was then that Adam noticed she had her hands wrapped around herself, covering herself up.’
      • ‘Samara yelped when Ethan suddenly grabbed her and gave her a bear hug, wrapping her whole body with his open sweater.’
      • ‘She jumped into his embrace, wrapping her arms tightly around his neck as his own encircled her tiny frame.’
      embrace, hug, enfold, fold, enclose, envelop
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    4. 1.4informal Crash a vehicle into (a stationary object)
      ‘Richard wrapped his car around a telephone pole’
      • ‘‘The car had rear ended and literally wrapped itself round the lamppost,’ he said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The car swerved and wrapped itself around a pole.’
  • 2Computing
    with object 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.

    • ‘Well that was my first try at E-blogging, now I just have to figure out how to wrap the text!’
    • ‘In fact in most cases, it is highly desirable to have an editor that wraps long text lines.’
    • ‘Some email programs automatically wrap text at a certain number of characters - while others won't wrap the text at all.’
    • ‘Strangely Firefox won't break a word, and so normal text wraps itself, but the moment a long winded URL goes in, it sticks out at the side [so there's a horizontal scroll bar].’
    • ‘If a line of text is too long to fit between the page margins, the text should be wrapped onto additional lines as needed.’
    1. 2.1no object (of a word or unit or text) be carried over to the next line or fit around a picture.
      • ‘These tools are useful, especially when trying to e-mail a long URL that is likely to wrap in the e-mail.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For some reason, the paragraph on the pages don't wrap - they just go on one line causing a horizontal scrollbar.’
      • ‘The format options tell Vim that we want to automatically wrap comments but don't want code wrapped.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 3informal no object Finish filming or recording.

    ‘we wrapped on schedule three days later’
    • ‘Still, by the end of the day, Che Fu's done his thing and recording is pretty much wrapped.’
    • ‘When the show or movie wraps, all the props are up for grabs.’
    • ‘Then I watched Nine Queens when we wrapped and it's a fantastic movie.’
    • ‘When the film had wrapped, Arnold and Monroe spent a week together going through contact sheets.’
    • ‘The Film Works is currently wrapping production on Virgo's second feature, Love Come Down, starring Deborah Cox.’
    • ‘After the film wrapped, DeMille had the set dismantled and buried.’
    • ‘After the film wrapped, young Tamara was sent to a monastery to ‘develop her third eye.’’
    • ‘As we wrapped, one of them came to say goodbye, and started to cry.’
    • ‘By the time their film wrapped they were not on speaking terms.’
    • ‘After filming in Mexico wrapped, Rob spent up to 15 hours a day editing and looping hours of film.’
    • ‘I was acting during the day, and then we would wrap, we'd eat, I'd write the script for four hours.’
    • ‘When you wrap for the day everyone goes to the bar, and I do too.’
    • ‘Did you feel a sense of elation when this scene wrapped?’
    • ‘The guru of digital filmmaking, Star Wars creator George Lucas, is wrapping the shoot for Star Wars Episode II in Australia.’
    • ‘This episode was a stretch in every way, causing me to grit my teeth until it wrapped.’
    • ‘Don McKellar's follow-up to Last Night wrapped in December and should be done for September's festival season.’
    • ‘However, within a month of Luhrmann's film wrapping, McGregor has to be back at Fox Studios Sydney, this time to start filming the next Star Wars movie.’
    • ‘We wrapped at 11 p.m., returned the equipment and drank beer, exhausted and exhilarated.’
    • ‘Shooting on the $25-million movie wrapped in April and The Passion is set for a spring 2004 release.’
    • ‘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.

    • ‘They also have a great collections of jewellery and accessories such as shawls and wraps.’
    • ‘And as suddenly as it had started, it broke away as Claire slipped out of bed, dragging the top sheet with her as a loose wrap.’
    • ‘She was wearing a kilt that morning, a wrap of heavy pleated material belted at her waist and colored in a green and brown tie-dyed pattern.’
    • ‘Others showed whole garments of fur - coats, jackets and wraps.’
    • ‘Finally, Dragana Perisic's simple, stylish pieces consists of wraps for men and long straight skirts for women.’
    • ‘Capes, ponchos and crocheted wraps were teamed with pants and even skirts.’
    • ‘But you need warmer wraps and sweaters for the evenings and early mornings.’
    • ‘Chief bridesmaid Rhauan Jade Young (bride's goddaughter) wore a gold dress, with a wrap and tiara.’
    • ‘The wrap should be loose enough to slip a finger underneath it.’
    • ‘For everyday wear men wear a cotton wrap, a shirt, and sandals.’
    • ‘Handwoven cotton cloth is sewn into wraps for women and tunics for men, as well as into blankets.’
    • ‘With a collection of fashionable and luxurious coats, jackets and wraps, it has all your cold-weather needs covered.’
    • ‘The collection on the ramp includes plenty of blouses, wraps, body-fitted crushed tops and scarves.’
    • ‘The multi poncho wrap is a bohemian must have when teamed with chocolate brown cord jeans.’
    • ‘More fluid designs and flowers bloomed all over the catwalks, on everything from chiffon dresses and silk wraps to shirts, bikinis and kaftans.’
    • ‘To survive winter mornings and evenings, you need warmer wraps and sweaters.’
    • ‘The wrap is super soft, warm and is put on when getting out of the shower or bath.’
    • ‘Like her husband, she wore her wealth on an emerald green dress and the fox-fur wrap lying behind her though it was summertime.’
    • ‘However, mothers and grannies of the bride need not be alarmed, as wraps, boleros and capes are very much in vogue for the service at least.’
    • ‘It is common for women to cover their lower outer garments with a traditional wrap (lamba).’
    shawl, stole, cloak, cape, mantle, scarf
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    1. 1.1as modifier Denoting a garment having one part overlapping another; wraparound.
      ‘a wrap skirt’
      • ‘Elsie ran back into the Tardis, pulled on a black wrap dress and some black kitten heeled boots and re-appeared applying lip gloss.’
      • ‘Her emerald wrap skirt was also pulled with the wind.’
      • ‘For day, wide tweed trousers, a crocheted sweater, a poncho and a hat is a great flamboyant look, or a wrap dress and a bright yellow or green tweed coat with blue tights and fabulous shoes.’
      • ‘Sighing once again, Leanne changed out of the comfort of her pyjamas into a knee length brown skirt with sequins on the border and a pink ballet wrap cardigan.’
      • ‘I tie the wrap cardigan around me and slip my shiny shoes on.’
      • ‘Here's the wrap dress, and a peek in her closet will tell you what size to buy.’
      • ‘I dressed up and perhaps quirked it a little too much - my 50s style wrap dress and wrist corsage were a little bit strange to some people, I think.’
      • ‘After a swim, put on the wrap skirt over your bikini or swim suit, and go for a drink.’
      • ‘I wore a sleeveless, black sweater and a black and whit checked wrap skirt.’
      • ‘She had finally chosen a black skirt and a white wrap blouse and black beads.’
      • ‘Around her waist was a wrap skirt that tied in the front, brightly patterned with dark and sky blue flowers.’
      • ‘The wrap dress in particular is a chic way to cover up and stay cool.’
      • ‘I wore a dark, denim wrap skirt with a cute, peasant top and of course a white jacket to keep me warm.’
      • ‘Tuleh's ruffled wrap dress has little circle prints, and Emanuel Ungaro's cherry blossom branches print shirt is very fashionable.’
      • ‘Von Furstenberg's signature wrap dresses have been copied so many times that she often has no wish to be associated with them.’
      • ‘And you shouldn't go country dancing with high heels and a wrap dress on.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But, revolutionary as the wrap dress proved to be, then and now, she points out that it was hardly a ground-breaking concept.’
      • ‘Top Shop usually has a few wrap dresses in its stores.’
    2. 1.2 Paper or soft material used for wrapping.
      ‘plastic food wrap’
      • ‘Bones and plastic food wrap can cause choking and/or obstruct a pet's digestive system, and may require a surgical solution.’
      • ‘Remove, cut away the cling wrap and serve with the roe sauce.’
      • ‘Seal it all in plastic kitchen wrap, and leave untouched for at least a week to 10 days.’
      • ‘Films are the type of flexible plastic used in plastic bags or food wrap, only much thicker.’
      • ‘He cut it in half, fat ways, and smiled at me as he wrapped each half in plastic deli wrap.’
      • ‘The pumpkin-shaped balloon is composed of a lightweight polyethylene film about the thickness of ordinary plastic food wrap.’
      • ‘Almost 100 bales of silage wrap, eight bales of straw and a number of tyres were destroyed as the blaze spread to his property.’
      • ‘Tiny hands forming tiny people out of cereal, foil wrap or paper clips, illustrate the size of children's personally improvised art.’
      • ‘They will need to wrap their hair with plastic food wrap or a shower cap.’
      • ‘I prefer to see my food in cello wrap with little indication that it was actually an animal or alive at one time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Remove from heat and cover with plastic wrap, pressing wrap against sauce.’
      • ‘He was slowly peeling the cling wrap from his sandwich.’
      • ‘Healthy skin can be pictured as a multi-layer cake covered by a single sheet of clear plastic food wrap to keep it fresh.’
      • ‘These are all variations on the same thing, though: a soft cloth wrap that holds the baby close.’
      • ‘The A-shaped cups are now covered in a shrink-sleeve wrap made from high-quality film.’
      • ‘Forget the toy and just let Fluffy enjoy this colorful paper wrap saturated in pure catnip nectar.’
      • ‘The silk yarn produced from these equipment can be used as wrap and is a substitute for the imported tasar one.’
      • ‘In the Home department is a selection of Mother's Day cards, wrap and gifts from photo frames to books.’
      • ‘It's best to give the flavors a little time to meld, so wrap the sandwich in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for a few hours if you can.’
    3. 1.3usually wraps A veil of secrecy maintained about something, especially a new project.
      ‘details of the police operation are being kept under wraps’
      • ‘It hasn't been that hard to keep it under wraps because if I'm told not to repeat something, then I don't.’
      • ‘The firm's obsessive focus on secrecy helps keep any misdeeds under wraps, say the sources.’
      • ‘Although she was keeping the details under wraps, town centre manager Debbie O'Brien did reveal that the theme of this year's display will be Winter Wonderland.’
      • ‘Just how seriously council is considering that option, or other financial decisions associated with the project, is being kept under wraps.’
      • ‘However, the details of when the group was to leave, or the exact route they would take, were kept under wraps by the organisers, who wanted it all to be a surprise for the participants.’
      • ‘Intrigued by the regular knee problems encountered by footballers Dr Oyudo recruited the help of a number of English soccer stars, whose names have been kept firmly under wraps.’
      • ‘He is also working on another project that he must keep under wraps at the moment.’
      • ‘The reason there's been such a concerted effort to keep information under wraps now seems obvious: it's because that information is embarrassing.’
      • ‘Temasek has traditionally kept its performance and strategies under wraps but it dominates Singapore business like no other company in Western economies.’
      • ‘Because it did not have final approval, the project was kept under wraps.’
      • ‘It goes without saying that I can expect your complete confidence and secrecy in keeping this matter under wraps prefatory to completion.’
      • ‘Details of the campaign by Visit Britain, the new organisation responsible for marketing Britain to the rest of the world, are being kept under wraps until the launch in September.’
      • ‘A seaside council criticised by the District Auditor over a contracts scandal was at the centre of a row yesterday for keeping the results of two investigations into what went wrong under wraps.’
      • ‘For all that she hogged the spotlight with her public persona, West vigilantly maintained her boundaries, pulling off the remarkable trick of keeping her private life under wraps.’
      • ‘Details of the scheme are being kept under wraps, but it is likely to be a leisure and entertainment-based development, and the stadium will retain its sports facilities.’
      • ‘The exact location of the bar and shop is currently under wraps, but Mr Batchelor has promised to unveil his long-awaited stadium designs before the end of the season.’
      • ‘Unlike Turner, who's accustomed to publicly displaying his developing work, Isaac has previously kept her dances under wraps.’
      • ‘While some celebs enjoy parading their latest beau for the camera, most keep their private lives under wraps, preferring to keep their loved ones out of the limelight and away from the gossips.’
      • ‘A separate rate would be arranged for families wishing to hire canoes, although many of the details of the project remain under wraps.’
      • ‘Although the exact sums are being kept under wraps, a five-figure deal for an England Under-21 squad player makes Howarth an absolute snip for Rovers.’
      secret, top secret, confidential, strictly confidential, classified, restricted, hush-hush, off the record, not for circulation, not for publication, not to be made public, not to be disclosed
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  • 2informal usually in singular The end of a session of filming or recording.

    ‘right, it's a wrap’
    • ‘I just finished a wrap last week on a movie called Bottoms Up, which is a romantic comedy.’
    • ‘I think everyone was very relieved when the director called it a wrap for the night.’
    • ‘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.

    • ‘The Point Cafe also offers a variety of breakfast items, as well as soup, salads, sandwiches and wraps.’
    • ‘Ratings did not differ between the four recipes (tuna risotto, filled tortilla wraps, peach crisp, hummus).’
    • ‘Wholemeal, ciabatta, bagels, pitta bread or tortilla wraps will be a welcome change.’
    • ‘They then enjoyed a healthy lunch, including vegetable kebabs, dips, and tortilla wraps.’
    • ‘Romberg orders a couple appetizers - lettuce wraps and fried calamari - to help inspire his decision.’
    • ‘The place is bright and open and specializes in wraps, salads and paninis.’
    • ‘Also try lemon-pepper or honey-roasted turkey - both are healthful and delicious in sandwiches and wraps.’
    • ‘The club sandwiches and, in particular, the gorgeous savoury wraps are the staple diet of their many regulars.’
    • ‘Besides the usual Italian favorites, Pete's has sandwiches, wraps, wings and even ribs and barbecue.’
    • ‘In sandwich bars, ask for granary bread, and in supermarkets choose granary rolls, pittas and tortilla wraps.’
    • ‘Or pick up a turkey wrap with tomato pesto, carrots and sprouts from the Harvest Market about a mile from Stowe on Mountain Road.’
    • ‘But while the more adventurous opt for tortilla wraps and spicy fillings, just as many will plump for a basic cheese roll.’
    • ‘Just because a wrap comes with bacon and cheese doesn't mean you have to like it.’
    • ‘If sliced bread is too heavy, place the meat with a little lettuce and a splash of mustard or dressing in a spinach tortilla wrap.’
    • ‘Remember, too, that you can slice a wrap into sushi-like tortilla discs.’
    • ‘For the main course, gourmet sandwiches, wraps and hot paninis are on offer, but Anderson's speciality is really its seven delicatessen plates.’
    • ‘Open from noon - 11 pm every day except Sunday, Cello offers a range of paninis and melts, pizzas, wraps, fajitas and light meals as well as grills.’
    • ‘I ordered French fries and a wrap, and Devon just got some fries.’
    • ‘This was mushroom, sun-dried tomato and rice in a tortilla wrap.’
    • ‘So, smear the wrap or sandwich with guacamole, hummus, coleslaw or tsatsiki and add in some salami, tinned tuna or grated farmhouse cheddar.’
  • 4

    short for body wrap
    1. 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.

      • ‘The book, intended primarily for an academic audience, has been given so much political attention and been wrapped up in such emotional fervor, that the point of the text has largely been missed, Laine said.’
      • ‘Sorry for the delays in posting - I've been wrapped up in a project that has kept me from the blog!’
      • ‘Elendil didn't notice the slight sarcasm because he was wrapped up in his jealousy of Hildor.’
      • ‘She had not appreciated her mother's predicament and was wrapped up in her own concerns.’
      • ‘I don't consider myself to be wrapped up in my own little world, I just like to look at things from a slightly different angle from them.’
      • ‘We knew that to achieve this goal we would have to hold events that everyone would attend which did not require people to be wrapped up in politics.’
      • ‘She was wrapped up in more important problems then what Bull had to say about her.’
      • ‘I didn't really notice who was doing what though, too busy being wrapped up in my own world.’
      • ‘‘I would get home and I'd still be wrapped up in the job,’ says David.’
      • ‘He is wrapped up in thought, intelligent thought no doubt, but it has this buffer effect between him and whatever is around him.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • wrap up

    • Put on (or dress someone in) warm clothes.

      ‘wrap up warm’
      ‘Tim was well wrapped up against the weather’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was shaking even though she was wrapped up in a thick long coat in the middle of summer.’
      • ‘I was wrapped up in my big coat, my lovely new thick scarf around my neck, beanie on my head and my hood pulled over it.’
      • ‘Ms Robinson is wrapped up in a duvet and wears an overcoat, an all-enveloping shawl and mittens on her presumably chilled fingers.’
      • ‘When she had finished wrapping Gwin up in scarf and coat, she immediately disappeared back to the observatory to gather his own outside items.’
      • ‘We wrapped him up with thermal blankets because he didn't know how long he'd been in the water and there was a danger of hypothermia.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They wrapped her up again in the blanket, underneath the gown, and she looked like a little angel.’
      • ‘The baby was born in a matter of minutes and I wrapped her up in a coat that was in the car and gave her straight to her mum.’
      dress warmly, wear warm clothes, put on more clothes, muffle up
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  • wrap something up

    • 1Complete or conclude a discussion or agreement.

      ‘they hope to wrap up negotiations within sixty days’
      • ‘The whole matter was wrapped up in 24 hours, because so many people were riled up and got involved.’
      • ‘It was fun if a little light, as though she couldn't be bothered finishing it so she just wrapped it up quickly and then summarised subsequent events in the epilogue.’
      • ‘They wrap it up with some fascinating conclusions and five answers to ‘what to do and how to do it.’’
      • ‘The chapter is also abnormally short, but hopefully it wraps things up well.’
      • ‘Lowe auctioneers have been in negotiations with interested buyers and now expect to wrap the sale up in the next two weeks.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘I have one last point, because it would be helpful, I think, to wrap things up, and it deals with your assessment again within your report on an aspect of the gender issue.’
      • ‘But Washington is insisting that more negotiations are needed before the long-running dispute can be wrapped up.’
      • ‘That about wraps it up for today, I hope to have some more news tomorrow as we start working on the Prestonia review as well as some other product reviews and articles that have been in the works for a while.’
      • ‘Menigo said it was hoped the case would be wrapped up by June 25.’
      conclude, finish, end, bring to an end, bring to a close, bring to a conclusion, round off, terminate, stop, cease, finalize, complete, settle, tie up, put the finishing touches to
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      1. 1.1Win a game or competition.
        ‘Australia wrapped up the series 4–0’
        • ‘Skipper Mark Dobie scored for the visitors in the 79th minute and then wrapped the game up in the 86th minute when he curled in a superb shot from 20 yards.’
        • ‘And they appeared to have wrapped the game up when Mark Dickinson touched down between the posts.’
        • ‘Ten minutes before half-time Unsworth wrapped the game up.’
        • ‘Rangers appeared to have wrapped the game up early enough, Colin Stein scoring first, then Willie Johnston adding a second and third on either side of the half-time break.’
        • ‘Another two tries for Kippax and a final drop goal wrapped the game up at 23-6.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman must have sat back safe in the knowledge that his side had wrapped the game up after just two minutes.’
        • ‘St. Martin's proceeded to wrap the game up with a series of points and a late goal.’
        • ‘Connor McGrann wrapped the game up in the final minute with a excellent run and shot.’
        • ‘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.’
        come first in, finish first in, be victorious in, triumph in, take first prize in, achieve success in, be successful in, prevail in
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Middle English: of unknown origin.