A couple celebrate their espousal.
- To espouse is defined as to support a cause.
An example of espouse is to start wearing a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness.
- To espouse means to get married.
An example of to espouse is to elope to Las Vegas.
- to take as a spouse, esp. as a wife; marry
- to give in marriage
- to take up, support, or advocate (some cause, idea, etc.)
Origin of espouseMiddle English espousen ; from Old French espouser ; from Late Latin sponsare ; from Classical Latin sponsus: see spouse
transitive verbes·poused, es·pous·ing, es·pous·es
- To adhere to or advocate: espoused a contrarian viewpoint.
- a. To take in marriage; marry.b. To give (a woman) in marriage.
Origin of espouseMiddle English espousen, to marry, from Old French espouser, from Latin sp&omacron;nsare, frequentative of spond&emacron;re, to betroth; see spend- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present espouses, present participle espousing, simple past and past participle espoused)