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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.
  • He can’t wait to unwrap his presents.

(unwrap = to remove the covering of something)

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.
  • If we don’t use all of this meat, we’ll have to wrap it up and put it back in the refrigerator.

People wrap themselves when they get cold:

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

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.

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



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