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[uhn-rap] /ʌnˈræp/
verb (used with object), unwrapped, unwrapping.
to remove or open the wrapping of.
to open (something wrapped):
Sheila unwrapped the Christmas presents quickly.
verb (used without object), unwrapped, unwrapping.
to become unwrapped.
Origin of unwrap
1200-50; Middle English unwrappen; see un-2, wrap Unabridged
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  • Turning once more to the bureau, the Girl took out a small parcel done up in tissue paper and began to unwrap it.

  • His first act was to unwrap one of the coster lights, and set it on fire.

    Darry the Life Saver Frank V. Webster
  • They opened the sack carefully, but the covering of hide tore to pieces as they tried to unwrap it.

    Jack, the Young Ranchman George Bird Grinnell
  • They watched it unwrap the package and take the metal plate in its hands.

    The Defenders Philip K. Dick
  • Then he told us to unwrap the small piece of canvas, which was wrapped to the rectangular frame.

  • When this has properly seasoned the meat, take from the fire, unwrap and drain.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • They sat down in the porch swing and Doris eagerly began to unwrap the parcels.

    Doris Force at Locked Gates Julia K. Duncan
British Dictionary definitions for unwrap


verb -wraps, -wrapping, -wrapped
to remove the covering or wrapping from (something) or (of something wrapped) to have the covering come off
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Word Origin and History for unwrap

late 14c., from un- (2) + wrap. Related: Unwrapped; unwrapping.

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