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wreathe

 (rēth)
v. wreathed, wreath·ing, wreathes
v.tr.
1. To twist or entwine into a wreath or a wreathlike shape: He wreathed flowers into a garland. He wreathed the cloth into a turban.
2. To crown or decorate with a wreath: The winner was wreathed with laurel.
3. To encircle or surround: The mountaintop is wreathed in mist.
4. To extend across; cover: Her face was wreathed in smiles.
5. To coil or curl: The snake wreathed itself around the branch.
v.intr.
To curl, writhe, or spiral: The smoke wreathed upward.

[From wreath.]

wreathe

(riːð)
vb
1. to form into or take the form of a wreath by intertwining or twisting together
2. (tr) to decorate, crown, or encircle with wreaths
3. to move or cause to move in a twisting way: smoke wreathed up to the ceiling.
[C16: perhaps back formation from wrēthen, from Old English writhen, past participle of wrīthan to writhe; see wreath]

wreathe

(rið)

v.t.
1. to form as a wreath by twisting or twining.
2. to envelop: a face wreathed in smiles.
v.i.
3. to take the form of a wreath or wreaths.
4. to move in curving or curling masses, as smoke.
[1520–30; earlier wrethe, partly v. use of wreath, partly back formation from wrethen, obsolete past participle of writhe]
wreath′er, n.

wreathe


Past participle: wreathed
Gerund: wreathing

Imperative
wreathe
wreathe
Present
I wreathe
you wreathe
he/she/it wreathes
we wreathe
you wreathe
they wreathe
Preterite
I wreathed
you wreathed
he/she/it wreathed
we wreathed
you wreathed
they wreathed
Present Continuous
I am wreathing
you are wreathing
he/she/it is wreathing
we are wreathing
you are wreathing
they are wreathing
Present Perfect
I have wreathed
you have wreathed
he/she/it has wreathed
we have wreathed
you have wreathed
they have wreathed
Past Continuous
I was wreathing
you were wreathing
he/she/it was wreathing
we were wreathing
you were wreathing
they were wreathing
Past Perfect
I had wreathed
you had wreathed
he/she/it had wreathed
we had wreathed
you had wreathed
they had wreathed
Future
I will wreathe
you will wreathe
he/she/it will wreathe
we will wreathe
you will wreathe
they will wreathe
Future Perfect
I will have wreathed
you will have wreathed
he/she/it will have wreathed
we will have wreathed
you will have wreathed
they will have wreathed
Future Continuous
I will be wreathing
you will be wreathing
he/she/it will be wreathing
we will be wreathing
you will be wreathing
they will be wreathing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been wreathing
you have been wreathing
he/she/it has been wreathing
we have been wreathing
you have been wreathing
they have been wreathing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been wreathing
you will have been wreathing
he/she/it will have been wreathing
we will have been wreathing
you will have been wreathing
they will have been wreathing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been wreathing
you had been wreathing
he/she/it had been wreathing
we had been wreathing
you had been wreathing
they had been wreathing
Conditional
I would wreathe
you would wreathe
he/she/it would wreathe
we would wreathe
you would wreathe
they would wreathe
Past Conditional
I would have wreathed
you would have wreathed
he/she/it would have wreathed
we would have wreathed
you would have wreathed
they would have wreathed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.wreathe - move with slow, sinuous movements
2.wreathe - decorate or deck with wreaths; "wreathe the grave site"
adorn, decorate, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"
3.wreathe - form into a wreath
interlace, intertwine, lace, twine, enlace, entwine - spin,wind, or twist together; "intertwine the ribbons"; "Twine the threads into a rope"; "intertwined hearts"

wreathe

verb
1. surround, envelop, encircle, enfold, coil around, writhe around, enwrap Cigarette smoke wreathed her face.
2. festoon, wind, crown, wrap, twist, coil, adorn, intertwine, interweave, entwine, twine, engarland The temple's huge columns were wreathed in laurels.

wreathe

verb
To move or proceed on a repeatedly curving course:
Translations
يُغَطّي، يُزَيِّن، يُكَلِّل
indhylle
òekja, umlykja, sveipa
kaplamak

wreathe

[riːð] (esp liter)
A. VT
1. (= encircle) → ceñir, rodear (with de) a face wreathed in smilesuna cara muy risueña or sonriente
trees wreathed in mistárboles mpl envueltos en niebla
2. (= garland) [+ person] → engalanar, enguirnaldar (with con) to wreathe flowers into one's hairponerse flores en el pelo
B. VI [smoke] to wreathe upwardselevarse en espirales

wreathe

vt (= encircle)(um)winden; (clouds, mist) → umhüllen; (= entwine)flechten; a garland wreathed the victor’s headein Kranz (um)krönte das Haupt des Siegers; his face was wreathed in smileser strahlte über das ganze Gesicht
vi the smoke wreathed upwardsder Rauch stieg in Kringeln auf; to wreathe round something (ivy etc)sich um etw ranken; (snake)sich um etw schlängeln or ringeln; (smoke)sich um etw kringeln or kräuseln; (mist)um etw wallen

wreath

(riːθ) plural wreaths (riːθs riːðz) noun
1. a circular garland of flowers or leaves, placed at a grave, or put on someone's shoulders or head after his/her victory etc. We put a wreath of flowers on her mother's grave.
2. a drift or curl of smoke, mist etc. wreaths of smoke.
wreathe (riːð) verb
to cover. faces wreathed in smiles.
References in classic literature ?
Whoever had gazed into the dismal obscurity of the broad cavern mouth, whence ever and anon darted huge tongues of dusky flame, and had seen the strange, half-shaped monsters, and visions of faces horribly grotesque, into which the smoke seemed to wreathe itself, and had heard the awful murmurs, and shrieks, and deep, shuddering whispers of the blast, sometimes forming themselves into words almost articulate, would have seized upon Mr.
It is but making her a flaunting paradox to wreathe her in gems and flowers.
as if he liked it; and when he poured the boiling water in the tea-pot, looked lovingly down into the depths of that snug cauldron, and suffered the fragrant steam to curl about his nose, and wreathe his head and face in a thick cloud.
But so cunningly did he twine and wreathe his body about his captor's that the death blow could not be struck.
formerly defoliated to wreathe the brows of victors and such poets as
Cruelty," remarked the monarch, puffing out wreathes of smoke and watching them float into the air, "is a thing I can't abide.
The Committee also directed the officials of Human Rights Ministry to inform them what action was taken against culprits of Carica, Kat Wreathe Cation and Caesar incidents in the next meeting.
When we speak about the handiwork of the Macedonian woman and all that distinguishes out nation, we can gladly say that the artfulness to weave and wreathe a handiwork is not the main thing but also the emotions, prayers and all that the Macedonian woman is carrying deep in her soul and heart," said Metropolitan Petar.
Pindar would breathe sweet almond blossoms one more time through his window, see silver olive leaves wreathe a moon for his final ode that night when Hermes came silently, only a dawn wind whispered setting star names in his ear.
If the clouds were any lower they would wreathe the jockeys' heads as they canter to post for the first.
for even the wind to wreathe the headboards of all sleep.
They said that the attacks on mosques and madaris (religious seminaries) are nothing but is equal to invite wreathe of Allah Almighty.