espouse


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es·pouse

 (ĭ-spouz′)
tr.v. es·poused, es·pous·ing, es·pous·es
1. To adhere to or advocate: espoused a contrarian viewpoint.
2.
a. To take in marriage; marry.
b. To give (a woman) in marriage.

[Middle English espousen, to marry, from Old French espouser, from Latin spōnsāre, frequentative of spondēre, to betroth; see spend- in Indo-European roots.]

es·pous′er n.

espouse

(ɪˈspaʊz)
vb (tr)
1. to adopt or give support to (a cause, ideal, etc): to espouse socialism.
2. archaic (esp of a man) to take as spouse; marry
[C15: from Old French espouser, from Latin spōnsāre to affiance, espouse]
esˈpouser n

es•pouse

(ɪˈspaʊz, ɪˈspaʊs)

v.t. -poused, -pous•ing.
1. to adopt or embrace, as a cause.
2. to marry.
3. to give (a woman) in marriage.
[1425–75; < Middle French espouser < Latin spōnsāre to betroth]
es•pous′er, n.

espouse


Past participle: espoused
Gerund: espousing

Imperative
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Present
I espouse
you espouse
he/she/it espouses
we espouse
you espouse
they espouse
Preterite
I espoused
you espoused
he/she/it espoused
we espoused
you espoused
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Present Continuous
I am espousing
you are espousing
he/she/it is espousing
we are espousing
you are espousing
they are espousing
Present Perfect
I have espoused
you have espoused
he/she/it has espoused
we have espoused
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Past Continuous
I was espousing
you were espousing
he/she/it was espousing
we were espousing
you were espousing
they were espousing
Past Perfect
I had espoused
you had espoused
he/she/it had espoused
we had espoused
you had espoused
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Future
I will espouse
you will espouse
he/she/it will espouse
we will espouse
you will espouse
they will espouse
Future Perfect
I will have espoused
you will have espoused
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we will have espoused
you will have espoused
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Future Continuous
I will be espousing
you will be espousing
he/she/it will be espousing
we will be espousing
you will be espousing
they will be espousing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been espousing
you have been espousing
he/she/it has been espousing
we have been espousing
you have been espousing
they have been espousing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been espousing
you will have been espousing
he/she/it will have been espousing
we will have been espousing
you will have been espousing
they will have been espousing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been espousing
you had been espousing
he/she/it had been espousing
we had been espousing
you had been espousing
they had been espousing
Conditional
I would espouse
you would espouse
he/she/it would espouse
we would espouse
you would espouse
they would espouse
Past Conditional
I would have espoused
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we would have espoused
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.espouse - choose and followespouse - choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
choose, pick out, select, take - pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"
abide by, comply, follow - act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes; "He complied with my instructions"; "You must comply or else!"; "Follow these simple rules"; "abide by the rules"
adhere, stick - be a devoted follower or supporter; "The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism"; "She sticks to her principles"
2.espouse - take in marriageespouse - take in marriage      
unite, unify - act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief
inmarry - marry within one's own tribe or group; "The inhabitants of this isolated village tend to inmarry"
mismarry - marry an unsuitable partner
marry, splice, wed, tie - perform a marriage ceremony; "The minister married us on Saturday"; "We were wed the following week"; "The couple got spliced on Hawaii"
wive - marry a woman, take a wife
wive - take (someone) as a wife
intermarry - marry within the same ethnic, social, or family group
remarry - marry, not for the first time; "After her divorce, she remarried her high school sweetheart"
3.espouse - take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholicism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith"
fasten on, hook on, seize on, take up, latch on - adopt; "take up new ideas"
accept - consider or hold as true; "I cannot accept the dogma of this church"; "accept an argument"

espouse

verb support, back, champion, promote, maintain, defend, adopt, take up, advocate, embrace, uphold, stand up for She ran away to Mexico and espoused the revolutionary cause.

espouse

verb
1. To join or be joined in marriage:
Slang: hitch.
Idiom: tie the knot.
2. To take, as another's idea, and make one's own:
Translations

espouse

[ɪsˈpaʊz] VT (frm) [+ cause] → adherirse a; [+ plan] → adoptar

espouse

[ɪˈspaʊz] vt [+ policy, cause] → épouser, embrasser

espouse

vt
(old, form) womansich vermählen mit, zur Frau nehmen; (= get betrothed to)sich anverloben (+dat) (old); to become espoused to somebodyjdm angetraut/anverlobt werden
(fig) cause, viewsPartei ergreifen für, eintreten für; violencebefürworten

espouse

[ɪsˈpaʊz] vt (fig) (frm) → abbracciare
References in classic literature ?
The marshals and their attendants appeared next on the field, together with the heralds, for the purpose of receiving the names of the knights who intended to joust, with the side which each chose to espouse.
Would she not prefer to espouse death itself rather than that living corpse?
Brothers espouse the wives of their brothers, and to conclude, they observe a great number of Jewish ceremonies.
In proportion as either prevails, it will be conveyed into the national representation; and for the very reason, that this will be an emanation from a greater variety of interests, and in much more various proportions, than are to be found in any single State, it will be much less apt to espouse either of them with a decided partiality, than the representation of any single State.
Effingham had, from the commencement of the disputes between the colonists and the crown, warmly maintained what he believed to be the just prerogatives of his prince; while, on the other hand, the clear head and independent mind of Temple had induced him to espouse the cause of the people.
de Bragelonne were offended, I could not reasonably be expected to espouse his quarrel, since he is himself here; but when you say that it is a quarrel of M.
It's a bargain: I accept you; I espouse your cause.
It will be remembered, that, in the usual version of the tales, a certain monarch having good cause to be jealous of his queen, not only puts her to death, but makes a vow, by his beard and the prophet, to espouse each night the most beautiful maiden in his dominions, and the next morning to deliver her up to the executioner.
Father Claude taught the boy to respect the rights of others, to espouse the cause of the poor and weak, to revere God and to believe that the principal reason for man's existence was to protect woman.
Do you expect me," she asked, "to espouse the interests of a person who has prevented my son from marrying the lady of his choice, and of mine?
He well knew that fortune is generally the principal, if not the sole, consideration, which operates on the best of parents in these matters: for friendship makes us warmly espouse the interest of others; but it is very cold to the gratification of their passions.
It was only to be found by continuous excursions into either realm, and though proportion is the final secret, to espouse it at the outset is to insure sterility.