- to make one's own; adopt or embrace, as a cause.
- to marry.
- to give (a woman) in marriage.
Origin of espouse
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Examples from the Web for espouse
While these entities may find common cause in the act of sanctioning, they often espouse different goals.Why Aren’t Sanctions Stopping Putin?
Meghan L. O’Sullivan
May 13, 2014
Some espouse deaf culture as the better, more natural, way of life.This Is What It Is Like To Be Deaf From Birth
December 23, 2013
Meyerson is clearly perplexed by politicians who not only espouse principles but act according to them.The Rise of the Antiwar Libertarians
September 6, 2013
The right loves to bash New York's Citi Bike system, but bike share embodies the privatized, self-reliant ideals they espouse.Why Conservatives Should Love Bike Share
June 9, 2013
Instead I am going to write about the more interesting aspects of games: what sort of politics do they espouse?Nerdiness from Noah: Alpha Centauri
March 29, 2013
Among the first to espouse the abolition doctrines was Judge Tilden.Cleveland Past and Present
I wish the one you espouse at present, much joy of the acquisition it has made.'Barnaby Rudge
Me, Morgan la fée, espouse one of these roistering, cursing foreigners?Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
He had said that he had changed his mind and should not continue to espouse the Thomas cause.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
His clan were, however, anxious to espouse the cause of Charles Edward.Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745
- to adopt or give support to (a cause, ideal, etc)to espouse socialism
- archaic (esp of a man) to take as spouse; marry
Word Origin and History for espouse
mid-15c., "to take as spouse, marry," from Old French espouser "marry, take in marriage, join in marriage" (11c., Modern French épouser), from Latin sponsare, past participle of spondere (see espousal).
Extended sense of "adopt, embrace" a cause, party, etc., is from 1620s. Related: Espoused; espouses; espousing. For initial e-, see especial.