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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theywrap up
he/she/itwraps up
present participlewrapping up
past tensewrapped up
past participlewrapped up
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  1. 1
    [transitive] same as wrap1
    We’ve just finished wrapping up Susie’s birthday present.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to wear enough clothes to keep you warm
    I could hear my mother telling me to wrap up warm.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to put warm clothes on a child
      Keep the baby well wrapped up in the early weeks.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] informal to finish something
    We ought to wrap up this meeting and get back to work.
  4. 4
    [transitive] informal to achieve something such as a victory or an agreement
    Negotiators are confident they can wrap up a deal soon.
  5. 5
    be wrapped up in something to spend so much time doing something or thinking about it that you do not notice anything else
    She’s so wrapped up in herself that she rarely calls me.
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a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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