What does espouse mean?

Definitions for espouse
ɪˈspaʊz, ɪˈspaʊses·pouse

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word espouse.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adopt, follow, espouseverb

    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, espouseverb

    take in marriage

  3. espouse, embrace, adopt, sweep upverb

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

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


  1. espouseverb

    To become/get married to.

  2. espouseverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ESPOUSEverb

    Etymology: espouser, French.

    Deliver me my wife Michal, which I espoused to me. 2 Sa.

    He had received him as a suppliant, protected him as a person fled for refuge, and espoused him with his kinswoman. Francis Bacon.

    Lavinia will I make my emperess,
    And in the sacred Pantheon her espouse. William Shakespeare, Tit. Andr.

    Here, in close recess,
    With flow’rs, garlands, and sweet smelling herbs,
    Espoused Eve deck’d first her nuptial bed. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    They soon espous’d; for they with ease were join’d,
    Who were before contracted in the mind. Dryden.

    If her sire approves,
    Let him espouse her to the peer she loves. Alexander Pope, Odyssey, b. ii.

    In gratitude unto the duke of Bretagne, for his former favours, he espoused that quarrel, and declared himself in aid of the duke. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Their gods did not only interest themselves in the event of wars, but also espoused the several parties in a visible corporeal descent. John Dryden, Juvenal, Dedication.

    The city, army, court, espouse my cause. John Dryden, Sp. Fry.

    Men espouse the well-endowed opinions in fashion, and then seek arguments either to make good their beauty, or varnish over their deformity. John Locke.

    The righteousness of the best cause may be over balanced by the iniquities of those that espouse it. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.


  1. espouse

    An engagement or betrothal is the period of time between the declaration of acceptance of a marriage proposal and the marriage itself (which is typically but not always commenced with a wedding). During this period, a couple is said to be fiancés (from the French), betrothed, intended, affianced, engaged to be married, or simply engaged. Future brides and grooms may be called fiancée (feminine) or fiancé (masculine), the betrothed, a wife-to-be or husband-to-be, respectively. The duration of the courtship varies vastly, and is largely dependent on cultural norms or upon the agreement of the parties involved. Long engagements were once common in formal arranged marriages, and it was not uncommon for parents betrothing children to arrange marriages many years before the engaged couple were old enough. This is still done in some countries. Many traditional Christian denominations have optional rites for Christian betrothal (also known as 'blessing an engaged couple' or 'declaration of intention') that bless and ratify the intent of a couple to marry before God and the Church.


  1. espouse

    To espouse means to adopt, support, or promote an idea, theory, belief, or cause. It may also refer to the act of getting married or the act of giving one's loyalty or commitment to something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Espouseverb

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

  2. Espouseverb

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

  3. Espouseverb

    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

  4. Etymology: [OF. espouser, esposer, F. pouser, L. sponsare to betroth, espouse, fr. sponsus betrothed, p. p. of spondere to promise solemnly or sacredly. Cf. Spouse.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Espouse

    es-powz′, v.t. to give in marriage: to take as spouse: to wed: to take with a view to maintain: to embrace, as a cause.—ns. Espous′al, the act of espousing or betrothing: the taking upon one's self, as a cause: (pl.) a contract or mutual promise of marriage; Espous′er. [O. Fr. espouser (Fr. épouser)—L. sponsārespondēre, sponsum, to promise.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of espouse in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of espouse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of espouse in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Dowd:

    I have always strived to be a person of integrity by living the values I espouse.

  2. Doug Jones:

    You can espouse these crazy theories, but you've got to connect the dots to somebody trying to put something into action.

  3. Prime Minister Manuel Valls:

    There is a real danger, especially when the blockade is not resilient enough to hold back a political group that does not espouse our democracy's core values.

  4. Abdullah Younous:

    It’s nice to see that our policies and what we espouse are resonating with people running for governor, the landscape is really shifting, and people are noticing it across the state.

  5. Naly Pilorge:

    Victim-blaming rhetoric, which the Cambodian government has continued to espouse ... only further entrenches gender inequality and sustains an enabling environment for violence and impunity, without a genuine commitment to gender equality from all levels of government, the [plan] will have little impact on the lives of women in Cambodia.

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  • تتبنىArabic
  • поддържам, женя сеBulgarian
  • heiraten, zur Frau nehmen, ehelichen, zum Mann nehmenGerman
  • ασπάζομαι, ενστερνίζομαιGreek
  • geedziĝi je, subteni, apogi, adeptiEsperanto
  • kannattaa, omaksuaFinnish
  • adopter, épouserFrench
  • ಸಂಗಾತಿKannada
  • ondersteunen, trouwen, aannemen, tot man nemen, verdedigen, tot vrouw nemen, met, in het huwelijk tredenDutch
  • ożenić się, wyjść za mąż, poślubićPolish
  • apoiar, desposarPortuguese
  • женитьсяRussian
  • చేపట్టుTelugu
  • زوجہUrdu
  • 信奉Chinese

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