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"wrap" in British English

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wrapverb [T]

uk   /ræp/  us   /ræp/ (-pp-)
B1 to ​cover or ​surround something with ​paper, ​cloth, or other ​material: She wrapped the ​present and ​tied it with ​ribbon. Wrap the ​chicken infoil and ​cook it for two ​hours.
B2 to ​cover someone with a ​piece of ​material in ​order to ​protect them: She wrapped the ​baby in a ​blanket. He wrapped a ​towel around his ​shoulders.

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uk   /ræp/  us   /ræp/
  • wrap noun (FOOD)

[C] a ​sandwich made with one ​piece of very ​thinbread that is ​folded around a ​filling
  • wrap noun (COVERING)

[U] material that is used to ​cover or ​protectobjects: plastic wrap gift wrap
[C] a ​loosepiece of ​clothing that is ​worntied around the ​body: a ​beach wrap
[C] a ​longpiece of ​cloth that a woman ​wears around her ​shoulders to ​keep her ​warm or for ​decoration: a ​chiffon/​silk wrap
(Definition of wrap from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wrap" in American English

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wrapverb [T]

 us   /ræp/ (-pp-)
to ​cover something or someone with ​paper, ​cloth, or other ​material: She wrapped the ​present and ​tied it with a ​ribbon. Wrap the ​chicken in ​foil and ​cook it for two ​hours. If you wrap yourself in this ​blanket, you will ​staywarm.
If you wrap ​yourfingers or ​arms around something, you ​hold it ​tightly: She ​sat back in her ​chair and wrapped her ​arms around her ​knees.

wrapnoun [C/U]

 us   /ræp/
a ​piece of ​clothing that a ​person, esp. a woman, ​wears around the ​shoulders to ​keepwarm or as a ​stylishaddition to a ​suit, ​coat, etc.: [C] a ​silk/​woolen wrap
Wrap is ​material that is used to ​cover or ​protect something, such as ​food: [U] Put some ​plastic wrap around the ​leftovermeat.
(Definition of wrap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"wrap" in Business English

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wrapverb [T]

uk   us   /ræp/ (-pp-)
to put ​paper, cloth, or other ​material around something: She wrapped the ​gift in ​tissuepaper and a ​red bow.wrap sth in sth I got the ​dealer to ​deliver the ​car wrapped in a ribbon.
Phrasal verbs

wrapnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ræp/
paper, cloth, or other ​material that is used to ​cover something: The ​company decided to ​serve hamburgers in wraps made mainly of ​paper. foil/​plastic wrap
keep sth/be under wraps
informal to ​keep something ​secret or to be ​secret: The ​firmkept its troubles under wraps.
take the wraps off sth
to make something that was ​secret known to other ​people or the ​public: Apple took the wraps off the new ​model of the iMac yesterday.
(Definition of wrap from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“wrap” in British English

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