Word of the Day: wrap

Word of the Day
August 9, 2016
wrap (verb, noun, adjective)
/ræp/  sound icon
A veggie wrap
To wrap means 'to cover in paper or other soft materials' or 'to fold something around something else for cover.' It also means 'to surround something or someone' and 'to embrace someone.' Informally and in the UK, with around, to wrap means 'to crash a vehicle into something.' As a noun, a wrap is a piece of clothing, such as a shawl, used to cover the shoulders and arms for warmth, or material used for wrapping something. As an adjective, wrap means 'wraparound in style.'


Example sentences
I need to wrap these presents for my grandson's birthday.
George wrapped the cheese in plastic and put it in the fridge.
The nurse wrapped a bandage around the wound.
Joe wrapped his girlfriend in his arms.
Anna managed to wrap her new car around a lamppost just an hour after she got it.
Take a wrap for the evening, in case it gets chilly.
Cover the leftover salad with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator.
The woman was wearing a wrap dress.


Multi-word forms
wrap something up: finish something. Example: "OK, it's nearly lunchtime. Let's wrap this meeting up."
be wrapped up in: be absorbed by, engrossed in. Example: "Karen was so wrapped up in her book that she forgot to eat dinner."
under wraps: secret. Example: "The management is keeping its plans under wraps for the time being."
wrap up (warm): wear warm clothing. Example: "It's really cold outside, so make sure you wrap up warm."
wrap party: a party to celebrate finishing the filming of a movie or TV show. Example: "We filmed the final episode of our show last week and had the wrap party on Friday night."
Additional information
A wrap is also any kind of sandwich made with flatbread or a tortilla. Example: "I had a lovely falafal and hummus wrap for lunch."
Did you know?
The expression That's a wrap is used in filmmaking to mean that filming is finished. By extension, it can be used informally to mean that anything is finished.
Wrap (the verb) dates back to the late 13th or possibly early 14th century, and came to us from the Middle English verb wrappen, meaning 'to cover, conceal, or wind something around something.' Its exact origin before then is unknown, but it is thought to have Scandinavian origins, and is similar to the Danish dialect word vralve (to wind). Another theory is that it could be a variation of lap (meaning 'to go around something').
Wrap in other languages
Wrap was suggested by Lucrezia, from Italy
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