- 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[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move slowly and lightly, especially in circles synonym weave smoke wreathing into the sky Word Origin mid 16th cent.: partly a back-formation from archaic wrethen, past participle of writhe, reinforced by wreath.
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//