v. wrapped or wrapt (răpt), wrap·ping, wraps
1. To arrange or fold (something) about as cover or protection: She wrapped her fur coat closely about herself.
2. To cover, envelop, or encase, as by folding or coiling something about: wrapped my head in a scarf.
3. To enclose, especially in paper, and fasten: wrap a package; wrapped up the peelings.
4. To clasp, fold, or coil about something: She wrapped her arms about his neck.
5. To move (text that will not fit on a line) automatically to the following line.
6. To envelop and obscure: Fog wrapped the city.
7. To surround or involve in a specified quality or atmosphere: The plan was wrapped in secrecy.
8. To engross: She was wrapped in thought.
1. To coil or twist about or around something: The flag wrapped around the pole.
2. To be moved automatically to the following line upon reaching a margin. Used of text.
3. To put on warm clothing. Usually used with up.
4. To conclude filming: The movie is scheduled to wrap next week.
1. A garment to be wrapped or folded about a person, especially an outer garment such as a robe, cloak, shawl, or coat.
2. A blanket.
3. A wrapping or wrapper.
4. A flatbread, such as a tortilla or lavash, rolled around a filling. Also called roll-up.
5. The completion of filming on a movie.
1. To bring to a conclusion; settle finally or successfully: wrap up a business deal.
2. To summarize; recapitulate.
under wraps Informal
Secret or concealed: "The news was kept under wraps for the three-day weekend" (Boston Globe).
wrapped up in
1. Completely immersed or absorbed in: She is wrapped up in her studies.
2. Involved in: They were wrapped up in criminal activities.
[Middle English wrappen; see wer-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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