Expound Definition

expounded, expounding, expounds
expounded, expounding, expounds
To set forth point by point; state in detail.
Webster's New World
To explain or interpret; clarify.
Webster's New World
To comment (on); make a statement.
Webster's New World

To lay open; to expose to view; to examine or exposit.


To lay open the meaning of; to explain or discuss at length; to clear of obscurity; to interpret.

The role of some religious leaders is to expound a text of Scripture, a law, a word, a meaning, or a riddle.

Origin of Expound

  • Middle English expounden from Anglo-Norman espoundre from Latin expōnere ex- ex- pōnere to place apo- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Old French espondre, from Latin exponere

    From Wiktionary

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