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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
So goes the trickle-down theory, attributed to Reagan but just as often espoused by local Democrats.
The most fundamental value espoused by law enforcement is to serve and protect.
The liberal-leaning politics espoused by its now-former executive chairman and CEO Howard Schultz has inspired trolling from conservative camps, but dumping its well-performing stock isn't something many are quick to do.
However, recent views espoused by Nehlen are outrageous and antithetical to my own.
When Tracy Parks’ parents joined the Peoples Temple in 1966, they were drawn by the Christian gospel, socialist politics and racial equality espoused by the founding pastor, Jim Jones.
The virtues of paying yourself first are regularly espoused, and for good reason.
The new policy instead echoes themes espoused by President Trump, who has attacked the league with vitriolic rhetoric.
The students take Solanas’ recommendations to heart and begin adapting their lives to the extremes espoused by the manifesto.
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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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