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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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  • Here, the hound expounds, giving his predictions for the coming year of handhelds.
  • Then he expounds what he believes is the right way: an imprecise mix of personal reflection and the sharing of experience.
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  • expounds on notable trends in the history of science, beginning with the revolutionary period up to the present.
  • During his visits, he expounds upon the merits of becoming and remaining productive and viable citizens upon their release.
  • expounds on the dynamics of radical movements and the opposition they create.
  • expounds that watercolors, landscapes, and lithographs enabled artists to easily record the sights during their travels.
  • expounds on the role of particular nationalist individuals, movements, and organizations.
  • Since this amendment only expounds regulations already in place, this should have little to no effect on the local government.
  • Request expounds on previous grant request to extend their program.
British Dictionary definitions for expounds


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 expounds



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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