wreathe / rē[voicedth]/ • v. [tr.] (usu. be wreathed) cover, surround, or encircle (something): he sits wreathed in smoke his face was wreathed in smiles. ∎ [tr.] poetic/lit. twist or entwine (something flexible) around or over something: shall I once more wreathe my arms about Antonio's neck? ∎ form (flowers, leaves, or stems) into a wreath. ∎ [intr.] (esp. of smoke) move with a curling motion: he watched the smoke wreathe into the night air.