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espouse

verb es·pouse \is-ˈpaz also -ˈpas\

: to express support for (a cause, belief, etc.)

es·pousedes·pous·ing

Full Definition of ESPOUSE

transitive verb
1
:  marry
2
:  to take up and support as a cause :  become attached to
es·pous·er noun

Examples of ESPOUSE

  1. The new theory has been espoused by many leading physicists.
  2. Those espousing unpopular views were often excluded.

Origin of ESPOUSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French espuser, from Late Latin sponsare to betroth, from Latin sponsus betrothed — more at spouse
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to ESPOUSE

Synonyms
marry, match, wed
Antonyms
divorce
See Synonym Discussion at adopt

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