verb es·pouse \is-ˈpaz also -ˈpas\

: to express support for (a cause, belief, etc.)


Full Definition of ESPOUSE

transitive verb
:  marry
:  to take up and support as a cause :  become attached to
es·pous·er noun

Origin of ESPOUSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French espuser, from Late Latin sponsare to betroth, from Latin sponsus betrothed — more at spouse
First Known Use: 15th century

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Synonym Discussion of ESPOUSE

adopt, embrace, espouse mean to take an opinion, policy, or practice as one's own. adopt implies accepting something created by another or foreign to one's nature <forced to adopt new policies>. embrace implies a ready or happy acceptance <embraced the customs of their new homeland>. espouse adds an implication of close attachment to a cause and a sharing of its fortunes <espoused the cause of women's rights>.


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