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[ih-spouz, ih-spous] /ɪˈspaʊz, ɪˈspaʊs/
verb (used with object), espoused, espousing.
to make one's own; adopt or embrace, as a cause.
to marry.
to give (a woman) in marriage.
Origin of espouse
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French espouser < Latin spōnsāre to betroth, espouse
Related forms
espouser, noun
unespoused, adjective
1. support, champion, advocate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for espoused
  • Such reasoning is precisely the opposite of that espoused by our country's new president.
  • He embraces market-oriented capitalism and has criticised the leftist solutions espoused by his rival.
  • His cooperative view of evolution cannot be separated from the politics he espoused.
  • He espoused growing techniques that were then revolutionary-super-deep plowing, for instance, and high-dosage fertilizing.
  • The type of change espoused here is an impossibility.
  • Sadly, some people still get duped by the fantastic claims espoused by professional monster hunters.
  • Langer is simply confirming what many exoteric, sacred traditions have espoused since the dawning of humankind.
  • Both espoused a racist politics and are unconscionable when it comes to appealing to the xenophobic, racist and bigoted.
  • Because phrenological theory espoused the idea of perfectibility, social reformers quickly latched onto it.
  • Some answers may reveal feelings that are in conflict with your espoused values.
British Dictionary definitions for espoused


verb (transitive)
to adopt or give support to (a cause, ideal, etc): to espouse socialism
(archaic) (esp of a man) to take as spouse; marry
Derived Forms
espouser, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French espouser, from Latin spōnsāre to affiance, espouse
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Word Origin and History for espoused



mid-15c., "to take as spouse, marry," from Old French espouser "marry, take in marriage, join in marriage" (11c., Modern French épouser), from Latin sponsare, past participle of spondere (see espousal).

Extended sense of "adopt, embrace" a cause, party, etc., is from 1620s. Related: Espoused; espouses; espousing. For initial e-, see especial.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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espoused in the Bible

(2 Sam. 3:14), to betroth. The espousal was a ceremony of betrothing, a formal agreement between the parties then coming under obligation for the purpose of marriage. Espousals are in the East frequently contracted years before the marriage is celebrated. It is referred to as figuratively illustrating the relations between God and his people (Jer. 2:2; Matt. 1:18; 2 Cor. 11:2). (See BETROTH.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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