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

      

    wrap

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ræp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ræp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wrap
    BrE BrE//ræp//
     
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    he / she / it wraps
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    past simple wrapped
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    past participle wrapped
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    -ing form wrapping
    BrE BrE//ˈræpɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1   [transitive] wrap something (up) (in something) to cover something completely in paper or other material, for example when you are giving it as a present He spent the evening wrapping up the Christmas presents. individually wrapped chocolates see also gift-wrap
  2. 2  [transitive] to cover something/somebody in material, for example in order to protect it/them wrap A (up) in B Wrap the meat in foil before you cook it. He tossed her a towel. ‘Wrap yourself in that.’ I wrapped the baby (up) in a blanket. wrap B round/around A I wrapped a blanket around the baby. see also shrink-wrapped
  3. 3  [transitive] wrap something around/round something/somebody to put something firmly around something/somebody A scarf was wrapped around his neck. His arms were wrapped around her waist. The nurse wrapped a bandage tightly around my ankle.
  4. 4[transitive, intransitive] (computing) to cause text to be carried over to a new line automatically as you reach the end of the previous line; to be carried over in this way wrap something (around/round) How can I wrap the text around? wrap (around/round) The text wraps around if it is too long to fit the screen.
  5. compare unwrap
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    be wrapped up in somebody/something
     
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    to be so involved with somebody/something that you do not pay enough attention to other people or things synonym absorbed, engrossed They are completely wrapped up in their children. She was so wrapped up in her work that she didn’t realize how late it was.
    twist/wrap/wind somebody around your little finger
     
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    (informal) to persuade somebody to do anything that you want She has always been able to twist her parents around her little finger.
    Phrasal Verbswrap upwrap upwrap somethingup
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