Definitions for espouseɪˈspaʊz, ɪˈspaʊs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

es•pouseɪˈspaʊz, ɪˈspaʊs(v.t.)-poused, -pous•ing.

  1. to adopt or embrace, as a cause.

  2. to marry.

  3. to give (a woman) in marriage.

Origin of espouse:

1425–75; < MF espouser < L spōnsāre to betroth

es•pous′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adopt, follow, espouse(verb)

    choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans

    "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"

  2. marry, get married, wed, conjoin, hook up with, get hitched with, espouse(verb)

    take in marriage

  3. espouse, embrace, adopt, sweep up(verb)

    take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

    "She embraced Catholicism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith"

Wiktionary

  1. espouse(Verb)

    To become/get married to.

  2. espouse(Verb)

    To accept, support, or take on as oneu2019s own (an idea or a cause).

  3. Origin: From espousen, from espouser, from sponsare (frequentative of spondere), from spend-

Webster Dictionary

  1. Espouse(verb)

    to betroth; to promise in marriage; to give as spouse

  2. Espouse(verb)

    to take as spouse; to take to wife; to marry

  3. Espouse(verb)

    to take to one's self with a view to maintain; to make one's own; to take up the cause of; to adopt; to embrace

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