Espouse Definition

espoused, espouses, espousing
espoused, espouses, espousing
To adhere to or advocate.
Espoused a contrarian viewpoint.
American Heritage
To take as a spouse, esp. as a wife; marry.
Webster's New World
To give in marriage.
Webster's New World
To take up, support, or advocate (some cause, idea, etc.)
Webster's New World

To become/get married to.


Origin of Espouse

  • From Middle English espousen, from Old French espouser, from Latin spōnsāre, present active infinitive of spōnsō (frequentative of spondeō), from Proto-Indo-European *spend-

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English espousen, to marry from Old French espouser from Latin spōnsāre frequentative of spondēre to betroth spend- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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