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 The six episodes made available to critics, at least, feel pointedly and thankfully unlike gender commentary, except when the show pauses to expound on how gender can take limitless permutations. Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2021 Among the topics DeSalvo was happy to expound upon were the camp showers. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Sep. 2021 Various international experts expound in various languages upon various geographical topics. George Calhoun, Forbes, 25 June 2021 Billionaires like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Warren Buffett are known to expound on wealth inequality and how there may be limits on the money someone should have and an increase in taxes on the well off. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 24 June 2021 That’s where there will be a 15-course chef’s menu, which will take the 10 courses and expound on that. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, 29 June 2021 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expound. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of expound

: 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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