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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
Goop is a fan of the brand De Mamiel, which espouses some truly unconventional theories.
But at least 11 firms have gone a step further, making concerted efforts to ensure their services are not being used by the people espousing those philosophies.
Why did so many evangelical Christians vote for President Trump, who didn't seem to espouse traditional evangelical values?
In political scientist Lee Drutman’s analysis of the Voter Study Group data, most culturally conservative voters in 2016 espoused left-of-center views on economic policy.
The moral presumption behind the anti-club fervor is not so different from what lies behind the loyalty oaths espoused by despotic societies everywhere.
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.
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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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