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espouse

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verb es·pouse \is-ˈpau̇z also -ˈpau̇s\

Simple Definition of espouse

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

Full Definition of espouse

es·pousedes·pous·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  marry

  3. 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

Synonym Discussion of espouse

adopt, embrace, espouse mean to take an opinion, policy, or practice as one's own. adopt implies accepting something created by another or foreign to one's nature <forced to adopt new policies>. embrace implies a ready or happy acceptance <embraced the customs of their new homeland>. espouse adds an implication of close attachment to a cause and a sharing of its fortunes <espoused the cause of women's rights>.


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