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Definition of wreathe verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    wreathe

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//riːð//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːð//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wreathe
    BrE BrE//riːð//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːð//
     
    he / she / it wreathes
    BrE BrE//riːðz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːðz//
     
    past simple wreathed
    BrE BrE//riːðd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːðd//
     
    past participle wreathed
    BrE BrE//riːðd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//riːðd//
     
    -ing form wreathing
    BrE BrE//ˈriːðɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːðɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, usually passive] wreathe something (in/with something) to surround or cover something The mountain tops were wreathed in mist. The plant grew everywhere, its stems wreathed with soft blue flowers. (figurative) Her face was wreathed in smiles (= she was smiling a lot).
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move slowly and lightly, especially in circles synonym weave smoke wreathing into the sky
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: partly a back-formation from archaic wrethen, past participle of writhe, reinforced by wreath.
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