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expound

[ik-spound] /ɪkˈspaʊnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to set forth or state in detail:
to expound theories.
2.
to explain; interpret.
verb (used without object)
3.
to make a detailed statement (often followed by on).
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English expounen, expounden < Old French espondre < Latin expōnere to put out, set forth, explain, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + pōnere to put
Related forms
expounder, noun
preexpound, verb (used with object)
unexpounded, adjective
Synonym Study
2. See explain.
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  • Millions of parents, preachers, newspaper editors and teachers expounded the message.
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  • Though he had little formal education, he brilliantly expounded the meaning of freedom.
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  • Although it told no story and expounded no message, the premiere may have provoked thought.
  • That's a curious statement: a wild conjecture expounded into a conspiracy theory.
  • His messages expounded his ideas on strategy and policy but did little to illuminate the mystery of personality.
British Dictionary definitions for expounded

expound

/ɪkˈspaʊnd/
verb
1.
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
Derived Forms
expounder, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French espondre, from Latin expōnere to set forth, from pōnere to put
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Word Origin and History for expounded

expound

v.

c.1300, from Old French espondre "expound (on), set forth, explain," from Latin exponere "put forth, explain, expose, exhibit," from ex- "forth" (see ex-) + ponere "to put, place" (see position); with intrusive -d (cf. sound (n.1)). The usual Middle English form was expoune. Related: Expounded; expounding.

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