Thesaurus

espouse

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of espouse

  1. 1 to give in marriage a couple eager to espouse their eldest daughter Synonyms of espouse marry, match, wedWords Related to espouse commit, engage; affiance, betroth, pledge, promise

  2. 2 to take as a spouse heeded his father's advice to espouse someone with whom he had common interests Synonyms of espouse marry, wedWords Related to espouse affiance, betroth, commit, engage, pledge, promise, propose; remarryNear Antonyms of espouse separate (from)Antonyms of espouse divorce

  3. 3 to take for one's own use (something originated by another) after working among them for two years in the Peace Corps, she felt compelled to espouse the peasants' cause for social justice Synonyms of espouse borrow, embrace, adopt, take on, take upWords Related to espouse domesticate, naturalize; appropriate, arrogate, take over, usurp; absorb, assimilate, incorporate, quote; cherish, prize, treasure; cultivate, follow, heed, honor; use, utilize; bring up, foster, nurture, raise, rear; affect, assume, copy, imitate, pretend, put on, simulateNear Antonyms of espouse abandon, forsake, give up, relinquish, surrender; abjure, abnegate, disown; reject, renounce, repudiate, spurn; discard, jettison, junk, throw away, throw out

Synonym Discussion of espouse

adopt, embrace, espouse mean to take an opinion, policy, or practice as one's own. adopt implies accepting something created by another or foreign to one's nature.
    • forced to adopt new policies
embrace implies a ready or happy acceptance.
    • embraced the customs of their new homeland
espouse adds an implication of close attachment to a cause and a sharing of its fortunes.
    • espoused the cause of women's rights


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