verb ex·pound \ik-ˈspau̇nd\

Definition of expound

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to set forth :  stateb :  to defend with argument

  3. 2 :  to explain by setting forth in careful and often elaborate detail expound a law

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make a statement :  comment



Examples of expound in a sentence

  1. The article expounds the virtues of a healthy diet.

  2. When asked to expound, he had no comment.

Origin and Etymology of expound

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

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of expound

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.

EXPOUND Defined for English Language Learners


verb ex·pound \ik-ˈspau̇nd\

Definition of expound for English Language Learners

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

EXPOUND Defined for Kids


verb ex·pound \ik-ˈspau̇nd\

Definition of expound for Students




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

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