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

Synonyms & Antonyms for expound


air, express, give, look, raise, sound, state, vent, ventilate, voice


stifle, suppress

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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.

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This idea, called stratified stability, was expounded almost 50 years ago by Jacob Bronowski, the author of the BBC documentary series The Ascent of Man. Quanta Magazine, "Seeing Time Through a Liquid Crystal Display," 13 Sep. 2016 The Bureau’s single director also has been a flashpoint, one on which Kavanaugh has expounded at some length. NBC News, "Why this SCOTUS candidate could reverse a century of financial regulation," 2 July 2018 With respect to personal identity, the group’s reasoning closely follows that expounded by Diderot’s friend David Hume. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019 Those who know Milley have told me he is extremely bright and has no problem expounding at length about complex military issues. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump names Army Gen. Mark Milley as new chair of the Joint Chiefs," 8 Dec. 2018 The title of the Netflix series comes from Mr. Padilha’s theory, expounded in columns, that only the corrupt can get ahead in Brazilian politics. Manuela Andreoni, New York Times, "Latest Uproar in Brazil’s Raw Political Debate: A Netflix Series," 2 Apr. 2018 This second trailer expounds a bit more on what, precisely, is at stake. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Spock smiles in the face of danger in new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery S2," 13 Dec. 2018 For half a century Fidel Castro seemed to be everywhere in Cuba — inspecting factories, farms and offices, expounding to the press and zooming to the scenes of natural disasters to direct the minutest details of the response. Washington Post, "Cuba’s new leader breaks from past with public appearances," 22 May 2018 Glenn Close, Lady Gaga, Kathryn Hahn, Nicole Kidman, Regina King, and Rachel Weisz—were, of course, asked (again) to expound on MeToo. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Uh, Are We Not Going to Ask Men About #MeToo, Too?," 4 Dec. 2018

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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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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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