Definition of drape verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    drape

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dreɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dreɪp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they drape
    BrE BrE//dreɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dreɪp//
     
    he / she / it drapes
    BrE BrE//dreɪps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dreɪps//
     
    past simple draped
    BrE BrE//dreɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dreɪpt//
     
    past participle draped
    BrE BrE//dreɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dreɪpt//
     
    -ing form draping
    BrE BrE//ˈdreɪpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdreɪpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1drape something around/over/across, etc. something to hang clothes, materials, etc. loosely on somebody/something She had a shawl draped around her shoulders. He draped his coat over the back of the chair. She draped a cover over the old sofa.
  2. 2drape somebody/something in/with something to cover or decorate somebody/something with material walls draped in ivy
  3. 3drape something around/round/over, etc. something to allow part of your body to rest on something in a relaxed way His arm was draped casually around her shoulders.
  4. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: back-formation from drapery, influenced by French draper ‘to drape’. The noun senses date from the early 20th cent.Extra examples He sat with his arm draped casually around her shoulders. Some silk fabrics will drape beautifully. The body was draped in a blanket.
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