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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Since Scalia expounding in a lecture — entertaining as that might be — does not a play make, Strand imagines that Scalia has knowingly hired a young, lesbian law clerk, Cat, played here by Jade Wheeler. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "'The Originalist' at Court Theatre has a tricky job in portraying Antonin Scalia," 21 May 2018 That means a return to what Assassin’s Creed does best: expounding on and remixing prominent game design ideas and serving them up an aesthetic and conceptual cocktail. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Assassin’s Creed Odyssey," 4 Oct. 2018 The cast provided even more insight into The CW show's third season, with Lili Reinhart expounding on that creepy cult scene. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Releases New Season 3 Promo Trailer at 2018 Comic-Con," 23 July 2018 After the interview, Democrats on the committee accused the White House of exerting influence over Mr. Bannon to keep him from expounding about his time in the West Wing. Michael S. Schmidt, New York Times, "Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation," 16 Jan. 2018 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

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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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