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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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expound


Past participle: expounded
Gerund: expounding

Imperative
expound
expound
Present
I expound
you expound
he/she/it expounds
we expound
you expound
they expound
Preterite
I expounded
you expounded
he/she/it expounded
we expounded
you expounded
they expounded
Present Continuous
I am expounding
you are expounding
he/she/it is expounding
we are expounding
you are expounding
they are expounding
Present Perfect
I have expounded
you have expounded
he/she/it has expounded
we have expounded
you have expounded
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Past Continuous
I was expounding
you were expounding
he/she/it was expounding
we were expounding
you were expounding
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Past Perfect
I had expounded
you had expounded
he/she/it had expounded
we had expounded
you had expounded
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Future
I will expound
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he/she/it will expound
we will expound
you will expound
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Future Perfect
I will have expounded
you will have expounded
he/she/it will have expounded
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you will have expounded
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Future Continuous
I will be expounding
you will be expounding
he/she/it will be expounding
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you will be expounding
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been expounding
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he/she/it has been expounding
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been expounding
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he/she/it will have been expounding
we will have been expounding
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been expounding
you had been expounding
he/she/it had been expounding
we had been expounding
you had been expounding
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Conditional
I would expound
you would expound
he/she/it would expound
we would expound
you would expound
they would expound
Past Conditional
I would have expounded
you would have expounded
he/she/it would have expounded
we would have expounded
you would have expounded
they would have expounded
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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"
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expound

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

verb
To make understandable:
Archaic: enucleate.
Idiom: put into plain English.
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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
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expound

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

vt theory, one’s viewsdarlegen, erläutern
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expound

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

(ikˈspaund) verb
to explain in detail.
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References in classic literature ?
Two of the science's most illustrious expounders were Buffon and Oliver Goldsmith, from both of whom we learn ( L'Histoire generale des animaux and A History of Animated Nature ) that the domestic cow sheds its horn every two years.
These Indians have likewise their priests, or conjurers, or medicine men, who pretend to be in the confidence of the deities, and the expounders and enforcers of their will.
But I cannot recite, even thus rudely, laws of the intellect, without remembering that lofty and sequestered class of men who have been its prophets and oracles, the high- priesthood of the pure reason, the Trismegisti, the expounders of the principles of thought from age to age.
Those expounders of the ways of Providence, who had thus judged their brother, and attributed his domestic sorrows to his sin, were not more charitable when they saw him and Dorothy endeavoring to fill up the void in their hearts by the adoption of an infant of the accursed sect.
Should not a magistrate be not merely the best administrator of the law, but the most crafty expounder of the chicanery of his profession, a steel probe to search hearts, a touchstone to try the gold which in each soul is mingled with more or less of alloy?"
By ten o’clock the streets of the village were filled with busy faces; some talking of their private concerns, some listening to a popular expounder of political creeds; and others gaping in at the open stores, admiring the finery, or examining scythes, axes, and such other manufactures as attracted their curiosity or excited their admiration.
A certain loftiness, likewise, took possession of Mr Wegg; a condescending sense of being in request as an official expounder of mysteries.
Razumov refer mentally to the popular expounder of a feministic conception of social state), "as to him, for all his cunning he too shall speak out some day."
He was himself a student by disposition, with a special taste for the writings of Faraday, the forerunner; Tyndall, the expounder; and Spencer, the philosopher.
Here is a nut for the expounders of the law to break their teeth on.
Academic commentators increasingly see higher courts primarily as expounders of legal rules rather than dispute-resolvers that engage in minimalist decisionmaking and facilitate the development of legal principles "one step at a time." (120) Although she calls this view into question, Pauline Kim maintains that it is "now commonplace for judicial politics scholars" to describe the federal courts this way.
And Neal contributed "Aaron Burr" to the January issue, and to the February issue, "Newspapers," which begins "The mightiest engine of our day is a Newspaper" and continues, "They [newspapers] are not so much the organs, or the expounders, or reservoirs, as they are the generators of public opinion" (Lowell 61).