ex·​pound | \ ik-ˈspau̇nd How to pronounce expound (audio) \
expounded; expounding; expounds

Definition of expound

transitive verb

1a : to set forth : state
b : to defend with argument
2 : to explain by setting forth in careful and often elaborate detail expound a law

intransitive verb

: to make a statement : comment

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expounder noun

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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

Examples of expound in a Sentence

The article expounds the virtues of a healthy diet. When asked to expound, he had no comment.
Recent Examples on the Web Tuesday night in the foyer of Kiki's, the former Massachusetts expounded on this theme. Lacrai Mitchell, CBS News, "Deval Patrick charts a moderate path through South Carolina," 27 Nov. 2019 Trump will mercilessly expound upon them to elide his own. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The President and His Whistleblower," 26 Sep. 2019 In a post on his blog Friday morning, A-Basin Chief Operating Officer Alan Henceroth expounded on how the dramatic increase in popularity of skinning and hiking uphill in recent years has affected the Basin. Antonio Olivero, The Know, "Arapahoe Basin’s new uphill access policy now includes a $30 fee," 27 Oct. 2019 The complaint did not expound on Turner’s past actions against his ex-wife, but noted the couple had been divorced for five years at the time. Tess Sheets, orlandosentinel.com, "Fired Orlando cop who arrested 6-year-olds has discipline history that includes excessive force, profiling claim," 23 Sep. 2019 Also interesting—that neither guy expounded afterward on what happened. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Brees and Big Ben Concerns, the Ryan-Julio Hookup, Dak’s Magic and Poised Josh Allen: Week 2 in the NFL," 16 Sep. 2019 Burton wanted Belichick to expound on his boilerplate statement released that day on Gordon’s reinstatement. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots can welcome back Josh Gordon, but they shouldn’t rely on him," 19 Aug. 2019 Presidents, senior government officials, top executives of major multinationals and leaders of large NGOs all get together in Davos and around the world to expound on how to improve the future of our world. Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa, "How gender violence and xenophobia reset the agenda at Africa’s “Davos”," 9 Sep. 2019 Bill de Blasio, Klobuchar, Tim Ryan, and Andrew Yang mentioned that America needed to stop Russia, but they weren’t asked to expound on their answers. Mark Dent, Fortune, "Abortion, Reparations, Israel: What to Watch for During the Second Democratic Debate," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of expound

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for expound

Middle English, from Anglo-French espundre, expondre, from Latin exponere to explain — more at expose

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“Expound.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expound. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of expound

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


ex·​pound | \ ik-ˈspau̇nd How to pronounce expound (audio) \
expounded; expounding

Kids Definition of expound

: explain sense 1, interpret Let me expound my theory.

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