expound


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expound

explain; state in detail: to expound a theory
Not to be confused with:
espouse – adopt; champion, advocate: espouse a plan; to marry

ex·pound

 (ĭk-spound′)
v. ex·pound·ed, ex·pound·ing, ex·pounds
v.tr.
1. To explain in detail; elucidate: She expounded her theory on the origin of the conflict.
2. To make known or set forth; present: "In the 1956 campaign he cheerfully expounded views that had gravely disturbed him four years earlier" (Helen Sasson).
v.intr.
To make a detailed statement: The professor was expounding on a favorite topic.

[Middle English expounden, from Anglo-Norman espoundre, from Latin expōnere : ex-, ex- + pōnere, to place; see apo- in Indo-European roots.]

ex·pound′er n.

expound

(ɪkˈspaʊnd)
vb
(when: intr, foll by on or about) to explain or set forth (an argument, theory, etc) in detail: to expound on one's theories; he expounded his reasoning.
[C13: from Old French espondre, from Latin expōnere to set forth, from pōnere to put]
exˈpounder n

ex•pound

(ɪkˈspaʊnd)

v.t.
1. to set forth in detail: to expound theories.
2. to explain; interpret.
v.i.
3. to make a detailed statement (often fol. by on).
[1250–1300; Middle English expoun(d)en, < Old French espondre < Latin expōnere to expose, set forth in words, explain =ex- ex-1 + pōnere to put]
ex•pound′er, n.

expound


Past participle: expounded
Gerund: expounding

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
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Present Perfect
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Past Continuous
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Past Perfect
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Future
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Future Perfect
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Future Continuous
I will be expounding
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been expounding
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
I would expound
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.expound - add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"
clarify, clear up, elucidate - make clear and (more) comprehensible; "clarify the mystery surrounding her death"
detail - provide details for
exposit, set forth, expound - state; "set forth one's reasons"
illustrate, instance, exemplify - clarify by giving an example of
particularise, particularize, specialise, specialize, specify - be specific about; "Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?"
2.expound - state; "set forth one's reasons"
elaborate, expatiate, expound, lucubrate, dilate, flesh out, exposit, enlarge, expand - add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"
describe, depict, draw - give a description of; "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"
premise - set forth beforehand, often as an explanation; "He premised these remarks so that his readers might understand"

expound

verb explain, describe, illustrate, interpret, unfold, spell out, set forth, elucidate, explicate (formal) Schmidt continued to expound his theories on economics.

expound

verb
To make understandable:
Archaic: enucleate.
Idiom: put into plain English.
Translations
يَشْرَح، يُفَسِّر
forklare
skÿra, túlka
izklāstītizskaidrot
ayrıntılarıyla açıklamak

expound

[ɪksˈpaʊnd]
A. VT [+ theory, one's views] → exponer, explicar
B. VI to expound on sthexponer algo en profundidad

expound

[ɪkˈspaʊnd] vt [+ idea, opinion] → exposer, expliquer

expound

vt theory, one’s viewsdarlegen, erläutern

expound

[ɪksˈpaʊnd] vt (theory, text) → spiegare; (one's views) → esporre

expound

(ikˈspaund) verb
to explain in detail.
References in classic literature ?
Philip of Macedon dreamed, he sealed up bis wife's belly; whereby he did expound it, that his wife should be barren; but Aristander the soothsayer, told him his wife was with child, because men do not use to seal vessels, that are empty.
But because I have essayed to expound the chief of these discoveries in a treatise which certain considerations prevent me from publishing, I cannot make the results known more conveniently than by here giving a summary of the contents of this treatise.
And in fact Toll, to whom he went to communicate the news, immediately began to expound his plans to a general sharing his quarters, until Konovnitsyn, who listened in weary silence, reminded him that they must go to see his Highness.
Alexey Alexandrovitch cleared his throat, and not looking at his opponent, but selecting, as he always did while he was delivering his speeches, the first person sitting opposite him, an inoffensive little old man, who never had an opinion of any sort in the Commission, began to expound his views.
I then expounded to Miss Mills what I had endeavoured, so very unsuccessfully, to expound to Dora.
But what plays the mischief with this masterly code is the admirable brevity of it, which necessitates a vast volume of commentaries to expound it.
This distinguished scientist has expounded his views in a book entitled "Verschwinden und Seine Theorie," which has attracted some attention, "particularly," says one writer, "among the followers of Hegel, and mathematicians who hold to the actual existence of a so- called non-Euclidean space--that is to say, of space which has more dimensions than length, breadth, and thickness--space in which it would be possible to tie a knot in an endless cord and to turn a rubber ball inside out without 'a solution of its continuity,' or in other words, without breaking or cracking it."
OBSERVING that he was about to die, an Old Man called his two Sons to his bedside and expounded the situation.
I was told by the village doctor, about the only person with whom he held any relations, that during his retirement he had devoted himself to a single line of study, the result of which he had expounded in a book that did not commend itself to the approval of his professional brethren, who, indeed, considered him not entirely sane.
And so Billy expounded the why of like in terms of realism, in the camp by the Umpqua River, while Possum expounded it, in similar terms of fang and appetite, on the rib of deer.
This is the origin of the letter, as expounded by the renowned Dr.
He would have heard of channels and sandbanks, of natural features of the land useful for sea-marks, of villages and tribes and modes of barter and precautions to take: with the instructive tales about native chiefs dyed more or less blue, whose character for greediness, ferocity, or amiability must have been expounded to him with that capacity for vivid language which seems joined naturally to the shadiness of moral character and recklessness of disposition.