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 How Russia benefited Yovanovitch and others — with the aid of some of the Democrats questioning her — expounded on the view that Russia stood to be the biggest beneficiary of the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "Everything we learned from the Trump impeachment hearings," 23 Nov. 2019 With the other, Clayton explores the cultural roots of that pupil, expounding on the music that shaped and later stemmed in part from him. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "CityMusic Cleveland taking closer look at home with ‘New World Revisited’," 6 Mar. 2020 Despite a cold that left his voice raspy, Cuban expounded on his earlier tweets. Brad Townsend, Dallas News, "Read, and hear, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban go scorched Earth on the state of NBA officiating," 22 Feb. 2020 Moore spoke for almost an hour, quoting passages from the Declaration of Independence and expounding about how the creation of the United States cannot be separated from a worship and reverence for God. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Roy Moore’s 2017 election loss to Doug Jones still ‘an albatross’," 29 Feb. 2020 Michigan football's former receiver likes to keep things close to the vest, refusing to expound on any subject and resorting to Hemingway-like brevity with simple syntax. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football WR Donovan Peoples-Jones a mystery even for NFL teams," 26 Feb. 2020 Spruks expounded on the noble goal of reciprocity but changed few minds. Harvey Solomon, Smithsonian Magazine, "When the Greenbrier and Other Appalachian Resorts Became Prisons for Axis Diplomats," 21 Feb. 2020 Gilbride expounded a bit more on what the Bears are missing in practice from Shaheen, who has nine catches for 74 yards and no touchdowns this season. Colleen Kane, chicagotribune.com, "3 things we heard from Bears assistant coaches, including what’s expected of the benched Adam Shaheen," 12 Nov. 2019 With a small amount of encouragement, the docent will expound on the Presleys. Verna Gates, al, "How to spend 24 hours in Tupelo, Mississippi," 30 Dec. 2019

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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 7 Apr. 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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