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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
Chris Vas, president of the College Republicans at nearby Mizzou, says some teachers espouse opinions as fact.
For a book that so espouses the virtue of mind interrogating mind, there’s not much evidence of it in this book.
Less so when one of the incumbents espouses racist views, pals around with white nationalists and stands accused of a felony hate crime.
One Girl’s Perilous Journey to the Heart of Africa, which some criticized for espousing an exoticized view of Africa and engendering fear of the country.
Escoffier espoused rich sauces and ornate garnishes - the sort of touches that could overwhelm the freshest ingredients from the garden.
Back then the Court’s liberal majority espoused the right to publish leaks, especially those in the public interest.
Many of the Super Bowl ads from last year espoused worthy causes, but felt politicized during a time when U.S. consumers were already feeling deeply divided.
Today’s engagement algorithms, by contrast, espouse no ideals about a healthy public sphere.
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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
- forced to adopt new policies
- embraced the customs of their new homeland
- espoused the cause of women's rights
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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