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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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

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The article expounds the virtues of a healthy diet. When asked to expound, he had no comment.
Recent Examples on the Web In the podcast interview, Odom continued to expound on his experience as a Black actor especially in the current political climate as Black Lives Matter demonstrations continue across the nation following the killing of George Floyd. Shawna Mizelle, CNN, "How Leslie Odom Jr. fought for fair pay for his 'Hamilton Live' movie performance," 12 Aug. 2020 New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees took to Instagram on Thursday night to expound on his apology from earlier in the day for his comments on protesting during the national anthem. USA TODAY, "Saints QB Drew Brees expounds on protest apology: 'I am sorry. And I will do better'," 5 June 2020 But the 1971 book contains something extra: an erudite satire of contemporary art, often expounded upon by an insufferable mansplainer. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "‘The Burnt Orange Heresy’ Review: Modern Art, Misogyny and Murder," 5 Mar. 2020 Hawley also expounded on his vision somewhat, referencing 1982's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, widely considered to be a high point for Trek. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Noah Hawley Suggests His 'Star Trek' Movie Will Include New Cast," 9 Jan. 2020 For many women who spoke with The Oregonian/OregonLive, the frustration is expounded by the behavior of men on dating apps. oregonlive, "Finding love on lockdown: Oregonians approach dating in new ways during the age of coronavirus," 12 May 2020 Malzahn was coy when asked to expound on his tweet from last week but appeared amused by the line of questioning about it. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Gus Malzahn leaves interpretation of ‘interesting’ rules-change tweet up to the imagination," 27 Apr. 2020 Characters tend to expound rather than converse, having arguments with one another that sound more like op-eds than the range of personal experience. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "David Simon’s take on ‘The Plot Against America’ nails the fear, but not the emotions," 13 Mar. 2020 In contrast, Anderson expounded the concept of emergence, which stated that as any system grew larger, new phenomena—such as antiferromagnetism and superconductivity—could emerge that could not be predicted from the fundamental interactions. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Philip Anderson, legendary theorist whose ideas shaped modern physics, dies," 30 Mar. 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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“Expound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expound. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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