espouse

[ih-spouz, ih-spous]
verb (used with object), espoused, espousing.
1.
to make one's own; adopt or embrace, as a cause.
2.
to marry.
3.
to give (a woman) in marriage.

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

espouser, noun
unespoused, adjective


1. support, champion, advocate.
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espouse (ɪˈspaʊz)
 
vb
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]
 
es'pouser
 
n

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espouse
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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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.)

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Example sentences
He espouses a tremendously attractive belief that good industrial design wins
  customers' trust by disappearing.
The fund espouses a different method of identifying cases of belt-tightening.
Mercifully, no mainstream politician espouses a return to outright
  protectionism.
Anyone with a proper high school education could expose every proposition he
  espouses as a lie.
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