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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 espouse
  • There is a lot of data around these days and no support anywhere for the position you espouse.
  • By his tone, his choice of words, he seems to suggest not only that you embrace spiritualism but espouse it.
  • Hollywood films espouse a belief in goodness and redemption.
  • Musicians espouse all sorts of theories about how to put together fresh and innovative programs.
  • It is patently hilarious that we do not know the fundamental nature of gravitational force yet we espouse cerebralism.
  • Professor Schaefer did not espouse an opinion on climate change one way or another.
  • The goal is to examine ideas, both those that others espouse and those that we hold.
  • That leads me to believe that she could espouse an opinion on something that really matters.
  • All American orchestras now espouse music education and reaching out to the community.
  • It's children who accept w/o discernment whatever those in authority over them espouse.
British Dictionary definitions for espouse


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 espouse

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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espouse 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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