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verb ex·pound \ik-ˈspand\

: to explain or state (something) : to give details about (something)

Full Definition of EXPOUND

transitive verb
a :  to set forth :  state
b :  to defend with argument
:  to explain by setting forth in careful and often elaborate detail <expound a law>
intransitive verb
:  to make a statement :  comment
ex·pound·er noun

Examples of EXPOUND

  1. The article expounds the virtues of a healthy diet.
  2. When asked to expound, he had no comment.

Origin of EXPOUND

Middle English, from Anglo-French espundre, expondre, from Latin exponere to explain — more at expose
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of EXPOUND

explain, expound, explicate, elucidate, interpret mean to make something clear or understandable. explain implies a making plain or intelligible what is not immediately obvious or entirely known <explain the rules>. expound implies a careful often elaborate explanation <expounding a scientific theory>. explicate adds the idea of a developed or detailed analysis <explicate a poem>. elucidate stresses the throwing of light upon as by offering details or motives previously unclear or only implicit <elucidate an obscure passage>. interpret adds to explain the need for imagination or sympathy or special knowledge in dealing with something <interpreting a work of art>.
EXPOUND Defined for Kids


verb ex·pound \ik-ˈspand\

Definition of EXPOUND for Kids

:  explain 1, interpret <Let me expound my theory.>


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