expound

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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

expounder

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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

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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

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verb ex·pound \ik-ˈspau̇nd\

Definition of expound for Students

expounded

expounding

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



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