ex·​pound ik-ˈspau̇nd How to pronounce expound (audio)
expounded; expounding; expounds

transitive verb

: to set forth : state
: to defend with argument
: to explain by setting forth in careful and often elaborate detail
expound a law

intransitive verb

: to make a statement : comment
expounder noun
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 Head coach Dave Canales expounded on why the coaching staff elected to sit him out. Alex Zietlow, Charlotte Observer, 29 May 2024 On Monday, Costello showed a strong inclination to expound on his answers beyond what a question actually asked for. Aysha Bagchi, USA TODAY, 21 May 2024 Over the course of four hours at Weyl’s house in Arlington, Mass., Weyl earnestly expounds on the book’s ideas and aspirations, while Tang interjects with droll asides. Will Henshall, TIME, 20 May 2024 Most prominent of these platforms was the increasingly popular website Common Sense, which didn’t expound on method but in terse boilerplate statements asserted that Castro’s death had been no accident, and repeated the catchphrase, Wake up, America, and dream. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 6 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for expound 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of expound was in the 14th century

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“Expound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expound. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


ex·​pound ik-ˈspau̇nd How to pronounce expound (audio)
: to make known (as one's ideas or beliefs) : set forth
: to explain clearly : interpret
expounder noun

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