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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Other Words from expound

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 While the future of bitcoin on the internet is still uncertain as political talks abound, this most recent quarterly report seems to expound upon Square’s performance over the past three years. Q.ai - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 7 May 2021 As for the Arkansans eying 2024, neither is willing to expound on their ambitions before the midterm elections. New York Times, 24 May 2021 On Tuesday, Lynam declined to expound on the request or if it was related to Andresen’s seat. Alicia Fabbre, chicagotribune.com, 19 May 2021 Nicole Mackenzie, a Minneapolis police training officer, was called by Nelson to expound on excited delirium. Amy Forliti, Star Tribune, 13 Apr. 2021 The poem goes on to expound on the virtues of a moral and upright human being. Graydon Mckee, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Biden, however, doesn't expound on his Chinese dealings, which are believed to be the focus of a federal tax investigation. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, 3 Apr. 2021 Hotez is perhaps uniquely positioned to expound a broad vision that marries science with geopolitics. Jerome Groopman, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2021 The ruling Communist Party’s Central Committee is expected to hold a major meeting to expound on the strategy later this month. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2020

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Expound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expound. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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