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espouse

[ih-spouz, ih-spous] /ɪˈspaʊz, ɪˈspaʊs/
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
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French espouser < Latin spōnsāre to betroth, espouse
Related forms
espouser, noun
unespoused, adjective
Synonyms
1. support, champion, advocate.
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British Dictionary definitions for un espoused

espouse

/ɪˈspaʊz/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
espouser, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French espouser, from Latin spōnsāre to affiance, espouse
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Word Origin and History for un espoused

espouse

v.

mid-15c., "to take as spouse, marry," from Old French espouser "marry, take in marriage, join in marriage" (11c., Modern French épouser), from Latin sponsare, past participle of spondere (see espousal).

Extended sense of "adopt, embrace" a cause, party, etc., is from 1620s. Related: Espoused; espouses; espousing. For initial e-, see especial.

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un espoused in the Bible

(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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