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[ik-spound] /ɪkˈspaʊnd/
verb (used with object)
to set forth or state in detail:
to expound theories.
to explain; interpret.
verb (used without object)
to make a detailed statement (often followed by on).
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. Unabridged
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  • Millions of parents, preachers, newspaper editors and teachers expounded the message.
  • Admittedly, he expounded on the need for sweeping changes to the tax system, including raising the consumption tax.
  • The type of genetic engineering expounded in the article is a vastly different process from the process of selective breeding.
  • Though he had little formal education, he brilliantly expounded the meaning of freedom.
  • Since then it's been expounded and expanded upon by many orders of magnitude.
  • 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


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



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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