[ih-spouz, ih-spous]
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.

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French espouser < Latin spōnsāre to betroth, espouse

espouser, noun
unespoused, adjective

1. support, champion, advocate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
espouse (ɪˈspaʊz)
1.  to adopt or give support to (a cause, ideal, etc): to espouse socialism
2.  archaic (esp of a man) to take as spouse; marry
[C15: from Old French espouser, from Latin spōnsāre to affiance, espouse]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., "to take as spouse, marry," from O.Fr. espouser (Fr. épouser), from L. sponsare, pp. of spondere (see espousal). Extended sense of "adopt, embrace" a cause, party, etc., is from 1620s. Related: Espoused; espouses; espousing.
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Bible Dictionary

Espouse definition

(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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Example sentences
Such reasoning is precisely the opposite of that espoused by our country's new
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
He espoused growing techniques that were then revolutionary-super-deep plowing,
  for instance, and high-dosage fertilizing.
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