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Definition of the verb espouse
What does espouse mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: espoused | espousing | espouses
- choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
- example: The candidate espouses Republican ideals
- lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
- synonyms of espouse: adopt / follow
- more generic terms: choose / pick out / select / take = pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
- more specific words: adhere / stick = be a devoted follower or supporter
- take in marriage
- lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
- synonyms of espouse: conjoin / get hitched with / get married / hook up with / marry / wed
- more generic words: unify / unite = act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief
- more specific words:
- take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own
Alternative definition of the verb espouse
- [transitive] To become/get married to.
- [transitive] To accept, support, or take on as one’s own (an idea or a cause).
Definition of the verb espouse for high school students
- to take up as a cause, support
- example: I love animals so much that I espouse animal rights.
The verb espouse is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.
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For example, the word espouse means to give one's loyalty or support to someone or something.
by Orr, James
ESPOUSE. es-pouz ́al, es-pouz ́: In the King James Version these words, following English usage of an earlier day, are used to signify either marriage or betrothal, while the American Standard Revised Version discriminates, and uses them ...
by Walter W. Skeat, Walter William Skeat
espouse. ( F. - L.) O. F. ttfemttr, to espouse, wed. — O. F. ttpotut, a spouse. — L. spoma, a betrothed woman ; cf. sponsus, A betrothed man. — L. sponsits, pp. of spon- dcre, to promise. respond. (F.-L.) ...
by Charlotte Buxton
espouse v. support or adopt a cause orway of life. espousal n. espresso n. ( pl. espressos) strong black coffee made by forcV ing steam through ground coffee. esprit de corps n. pride and loyalty uniting a group. espy v. (espying, espied) ...
by Matthew George Easton
Espouse. Easton's. (Ss 3:14;), to BETROTH e. The espousal was a ceremony of betrothing, a formal agreement between the parties then coming under obligation for the purpose of marriage e. Espousals are in the Easte frequently contracted ...
Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose
But wondrous strange, that any difference, Especially of such a deadly nature, ESPOUSE. Should e'er divide so eminent a friendship. Massinger. 7'lie Parliament of Love, fol. 307. Your precious diamond in especialness. Lot. Blisse of Brightest ...
by Ernest Weekley
espouse, spouse, esquire, squire, atc. The prefixing of e- to initial sc-, sp-, st- is regular in OF.
The Imperial Dictionary (1863)
English, Technological, and Scientific by John Ogilvie
[See EsPouse..] Used in or relating to the act of espousing or betrothing. ESPOUS'AL, n. The act of espousing or betrothing.—2. Adoption; protection. SPOUS'ALS, n. plur. The act of contracting or affiancing a man and woman to each other; ...
by Matthew George Easton
Espouse. (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 ...
by Nathan Bailey
ESPOUSE,. [ispoufer,. F.] to. be-. trothj take in Marriage, to wed □• To adhere to, or embrace a Cause, Opinion, or Party. ESPRINGOLD, a Warlike Engine for the casting great Stones. _ To ESPY, Fryer, F.] to perceive or discover, to observe or ...
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The history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause, as, for instance, the black man's right to his body, or woman's right to her soul. (Emma Goldman)
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Scrabble value of E1S1P3O1U1S1E1
The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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