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

Other Words from expound

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

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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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 3 Jul. 2022.

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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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