Definition of espouse
1 : marry
2 : to take up and support as a cause : become attached to
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Examples of espouse in a Sentence
The new theory has been espoused by many leading physicists.
Those espousing unpopular views were often excluded.
Recent Examples of espouse from the Web
True Food Kitchen The menu at this high-polish chain bar/restaurant, on a pad near Shake Shack on the perimeter of King of Prussia Mall, is based on the nutrient-rich diet espoused by Andrew Weil.
Today’s Left might not openly espouse such misanthropic theories, but the insistence that overpopulation will destroy the earth is very much with us.
Meanwhile, inside the meeting, the Washington Post reports that the grim, nationalistic outlook espoused by Trump clashes with the globalist, optimistic view held by many other leaders at the meeting of 20 of the world's largest economies.
But while celebrating the city's more decadent impulses, why not turn our attention to a Gallic belle who espouses a different kind of beauty—one that errs more on the side of laissez-faire?
The Sun Sentinel's Anthony Man reports that Round 2 may not even go as well as Round 1, because Canova has since espoused belief in some very oddball conspiracy theories.
VAR – video assisted referee – is changing FIFA's fundamental assertion espoused by Koch with an infusion of technology to help field-level referees keep up with the pace of play and ensure correct decisions are called.
Gillespie barely beat Corey Stewart, a Prince William county supervisor who fashioned himself after Trump in espousing hardline conservative about immigration and calling for a need to protect Confederate monuments.
While not a full reversal of Obama’s historic Cuba rapprochement, Trump’s recast U.S. policy hews closer to the hard line espoused by Cuban-American Republicans who derided Obama’s 2014 policy as a capitulation.
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Commit to Learning the History of espouse
As you might guess, the words "espouse" and "spouse" are related, both deriving from the Latin verb spondēre, meaning "to promise or betroth." In fact, the two were once completely interchangeable, with each serving as a noun meaning "a newly married person" or "a husband or wife" and also as a verb meaning "to marry." Their semantic separation began in the 17th century, when the noun "espouse" fell out of use. Around the same time, people started using the verb "espouse" figuratively to mean "to commit to and support a cause." "Spouse" continued to be used in both noun and verb forms until the 20th century, when its verb use declined and it came to be used mainly as a noun meaning "husband or wife."
Synonym Discussion of espouse
ESPOUSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of espouse for English Language Learners
: to express support for (a cause, belief, etc.)
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