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wrap

 

When covering or protecting something, you can use the word "wrap."

Americans often use this word when describing gifts covered with paper:

  • Look at this beautifully wrapped gift.
  • It's covered with wrapping paper.
wrapped gift
  • He can't wait to unwrap his presents.

(unwrap = to remove the covering of something)

gifts

We also use the word "wrap" for food or other things that need to be covered:

  • This candy is wrapped in plastic. You have to take the wrapper off before you eat it.
wrapper
  • If we don't use all of this meat, we'll have to wrap it up and put it back in the refrigerator.
meat

People wrap themselves when they get cold:

  • She has wrapped herself in a blanket to keep warm.
woman wrapped in blaket
  • The nurse wrapped this newborn baby in a blanket.
baby
  • She wrapped a scarf around her neck because it's cold outside.
scarf

People also wrap parts of their body when they are injured or want to protect themselves from injury:

  • He's wrapping a bandage around his knee.
bandage

 

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This page was first published on October 10, 2012. It was updated on June 21, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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