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1 to make known (as an idea, emotion, or opinion)
  • a rambling interview in which the celebrated author expounds his views on an array of topics

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2 to make plain or understandable
  • at the start of the trial the judge expounded the legal difference between libel and slander to the jury

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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 first known use of expound was in the 14th century

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“Expound.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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a feeling of well-being or elation

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