ex·pound | \ik-ˈspau̇nd \
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for expound


air, express, give, look, raise, sound, state, vent, ventilate, voice


stifle, suppress

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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.

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The 47-year-old writer is expounding on the ugly truth of the human condition over pizza and two sources of caffeine—soda and a latte—at Gemma in the Bowery Hotel. Jessica M. Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Gillian Flynn, Killer Queen," 8 July 2018 The show, organized by guest curator Suzanne Ramljak, seeks to highlight a tendency rather than expound a theory. Thomas Hine, Philly.com, "Brandywine River Museum's new exhibit finds scary beauty in the realm of decay," 5 July 2018 Not all players answered all questions, and some were granted anonymity to further expound on topics without fear of recrimination. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB players survey: Sounding off on umps, shifts, steroids - and whether to strike back," 28 June 2018 Faubourg is the kind of successful small business that proves wrong the blight-or-boutique hotel dichotomy expounded by some supporters of the Sun Yard. Anne Gisleson, Curbed, "Bywater faces its future," 23 May 2018 In addition to expounding on Segal’s socialist platform for greater opportunity and equality, the ads attack Cardin for refusing to debate his Democratic challengers. Teo Armus, Washington Post, "Meet the candidates challenging incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin in Maryland," 22 June 2018 Malian Musician Cheick Hamala Diabate West African musicians often serve a kind of informal diplomatic role, telling stories of the past, expounding on parables and family lineages. John Adamian, courant.com, "Music Festivals And Concerts Not To Miss This Week," 18 June 2018 This year the big tech CEOs expounding as celebrity oracles of the future were absent. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Big Tech Trades Splashy Conference Demos for Introspection," 31 May 2018 Via phone from his Saratoga, California home, Williamson is only too happy to expound on his descriptors and projects -- especially his latest, the excellent band Pink Hearts, a trio that’s created an expansive 11-song album, Behind the Shade. Katherine Turman, Billboard, "James Williamson on His New Trio Pink Hearts & the Stooges' Legacy," 21 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of expound

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


ex·pound | \ik-ˈspau̇nd \
expounded; expounding

Kids Definition of expound

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

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