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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He clambered up to the enormous height of the driver's seat, unwrapped the reins from the whipstock, and the team started forward.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Calmly she unwrapped it, her chin tilted in bellicose defiance.

    The Mississippi Saucer Frank Belknap Long
  • She sat by watching eagerly as the doctor cut the cords and broke the seals and unwrapped—what?

  • John unwrapped the dainties and threw the paper on the floor.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • Unfastening his doublet he unwrapped from around his body the treasure of Coligny, and tossed it upon the table.

  • He had something wrapped in a fold of his cloak, and he unwrapped and produced this thing.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
  • Blue Bonnet took the dainty package and unwrapped it with fingers that trembled a little.

  • All unwrapped and admired their gifts as soon as they were back in their seats.

  • Although they were only books for children, yet he unwrapped the parcel with feverish haste and examined each volume.

    If Any Man Sin H. A. Cody
British Dictionary definitions for unwrapped


verb -wraps, -wrapping, -wrapped
to remove the covering or wrapping from (something) or (of something wrapped) to have the covering come off
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unwrapped



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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