Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
adopt; champion, advocate: espouse a plan; to marry
Not to be confused with:
expound – explain; state in detail: to expound a theory
Abused, Confused, & Misused Words by Mary Embree Copyright © 2007, 2013 by Mary Embree
tr.v. es·poused, es·pous·ing, es·pous·es
1. To adhere to or advocate: espoused a contrarian viewpoint.
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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: espoused
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Switch to new thesaurus
|Verb||1.||espouse - 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"
|2.||espouse - take in marriage |
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"|
accept - consider or hold as true; "I cannot accept the dogma of this church"; "accept an argument"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
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.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
espouse[ɪsˈpaʊz] vt (fig) (frm) → abbracciare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995