“Wrap up” is usually used to refer to covering or surrounding something in some type of material.


1.   “Wrap (something) up” – (separable) To cover or surround something in paper, cloth or other material.
  • “Have you wrapped up the presents yet?”
  • “If you want to bring some cake home, I can wrap it up for you.”
Similar expressions: “Wrap up” or “Wrap”

“Wrap” and “wrap up” have the same meaning. 

  • “I wrapped the presents yesterday.”
  • “I wrapped up the presents yesterday.”

To me, both of these sentences sound natural and grammatically correct. However, I have read that “wrap up” should not be used in the first person, like “I” or “we.” So just be aware that native English speakers have different opinions about this. 

2.   “Wrap (someone) up” – (separable) To dress someone in warm clothes.
  • “Look at you! All wrapped up in a big jacket and woolly scarf.”
  • “It’s starting to get cold. Make sure you wrap the baby up properly.”
3.   “Wrap up (something)” – (separable) To finish or conclude something.

This could refer to a presentation, event, meeting, certain tasks or projects.

  • “Let’s wrap up the meeting and get some lunch.”
  • “The stage performance will wrap up the national event.”

You can also use this to mean completing or concluding something successfully or in a satisfactory way.

This could refer to a negotiation, an agreement, a job, or a match.

  • “The senior staff were able to wrap up the meeting early today.”
4.   “Wrap up in (something)” – (inseparable) To spend so much time doing or thinking about something that you do not notice anything else.
  • “Don’t get so wrapped up in playing games that you forget to eat!”
  • “He’s been so wrapped up in his new girlfriend. I haven’t seen him the past month.”

Related expressions

Wrap it up
– To get to the point, or hurry up.

  • Wrap it up. You’ve been talking for 30 minutes.”
  • “If you can’t wrap it up in the next 5 minutes, I’ll have to ask you to move on.”

Original post: 17 December 2020