Definition of Espouse

1. Verb. Choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans. "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"

Exact synonyms: Adopt, Follow
Generic synonyms: Choose, Pick Out, Select, Take
Related verbs: Abide By, Comply, Follow
Specialized synonyms: Adhere, Stick
Derivative terms: Adoption, Espousal, Following



2. Verb. Take in marriage. "Sam and Sue espouse"
Exact synonyms: Conjoin, Get Hitched With, Get Married, Hook Up With, Marry, Wed
Generic synonyms: Unify, Unite
Specialized synonyms: Inmarry, Mismarry, Wive, Wive, Intermarry, Remarry
Related verbs: Marry, Splice, Tie, Wed
Derivative terms: Marriage, Married, Wedding

3. Verb. Take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own. ; "They adopted the Jewish faith"
Exact synonyms: Adopt, Embrace, Sweep Up
Specialized synonyms: Fasten On, Hook On, Latch On, Seize On, Take Up
Generic synonyms: Accept
Derivative terms: Adoption, Embrace

Definition of Espouse

1. v. t. To betroth; to promise in marriage; to give as spouse.

Definition of Espouse

1. Verb. (transitive) To become/get married to. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To accept, support, or take on as one’s own (an idea or a cause). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Espouse

1. to marry [v -POUSED, -POUSING, -POUSES] - See also: marry

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Espouse

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espousal
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espouse (current term)
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espresso maker
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Literary usage of Espouse

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1. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1816)
"The generosity, or perhaps the ambition, of the sultan, prepared to espouse the cause of his ally ; but his designs were prevented by the defeat, ..."

2. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"2. embrace, espouse, father (fig.}, take (a person's side or part); spec, borrow, follow; see CHOOSE, COPY. Antonyms: see REJECT. advanced, a. ..."

3. Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents by Frank Moore (1860)
"... assimilate to their own character all those who espouse their cause; not only seducing them to become base, treacherous thieves, robbers, murderers, ..."

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