espouse(redirected from espouses)
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adopt; champion, advocate: espouse a plan; to marry
Not to be confused with:
expound – explain; state in detail: to expound a theory
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.]
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]
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]
Past participle: espoused
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|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"