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explain; state in detail: to expound a theory
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espouse – adopt; champion, advocate: espouse a plan; to marry
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v. ex·pound·ed, ex·pound·ing, ex·pounds
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).
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.]
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(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]
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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]
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Past participle: expounded
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|Verb||1.||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
|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"
premise - set forth beforehand, often as an explanation; "He premised these remarks so that his readers might understand"
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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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to explain in detail. uiteensit يَشْرَح، يُفَسِّر излагам explicar vyložit erläutern redegøre for; forklare αναπτύσσω διεξοδικά exponer lahti seletama با جزئیات شرح دادن kuvata expliquer לְבָאֵר व्याख्या करना pomno objasniti kifejt menjelaskan (út)skÿra, túlka esporre 説明する 자세히 설명하다 išdėstyti, išaiškinti izklāstīt; izskaidrot menerangkan uiteenzetten legge/greie ut om, utrede, fortolke objaśniać په ټولو جزياتو سره شرح وركول explicar a expune разъяснять vysvetliť razlagati razložiti förklara, tyda อธิบายอย่างละเอียด ayrıntılarıyla açıklamak 詳細說明 роз'яснювати, тлумачити وضاحت ، تفصیل کے ساتھ پیش کرنا trình bày chi tiết 详细说明
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