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1 to give in marriage
  • a couple eager to espouse their eldest daughter

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2 to take as a spouse
  • heeded his father's advice to espouse someone with whom he had common interests

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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

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How does the verb espouse differ from other similar words?

The words adopt and embrace are common synonyms of espouse. While all three words mean "to take an opinion, policy, or practice as one's own," espouse adds an implication of close attachment to a cause and a sharing of its fortunes.

espoused the cause of women's rights

In what contexts can adopt take the place of espouse?

The words adopt and espouse are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, adopt implies accepting something created by another or foreign to one's nature.

forced to adopt new policies

When might embrace be a better fit than espouse?

The synonyms embrace and espouse are sometimes interchangeable, but embrace implies a ready or happy acceptance.

embraced the customs of their new homeland

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The first known use of espouse was in the 15th century

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“Espouse.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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