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expound

[ik-spound] /ɪkˈspaʊnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to set forth or state in detail:
to expound theories.
2.
to explain; interpret.
verb (used without object)
3.
to make a detailed statement (often followed by on).
Origin of expound
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English expounen, expounden < Old French espondre < Latin expōnere to put out, set forth, explain, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + pōnere to put
Related forms
expounder, noun
preexpound, verb (used with object)
unexpounded, adjective
Synonym Study
2. See explain.
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Examples from the Web for expounding
Historical Examples
  • From a desk an ardent tabby is expounding, loud and long, on the rights of her kind.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • He is interesting to us as the first philosopher who thought of expounding his system in verse.

  • That's the way they always goes on expounding things to you.

    The Drone

    Rutherford Mayne
  • For the moment Ike Webb had the floor, expounding his own pet theories.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • I must, I felt, choose some other opportunity for expounding that side of the argument.

    The Fixed Period

    Anthony Trollope
  • The doctrine that his friend had just been expounding was not new to him.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • An attempt was made at expounding and hearing the word of God on Sundays.

    Hubert's Wife

    Minnie Mary Lee
  • Almost impassive, she submitted to his argument and expounding.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • At church the preacher did some expounding with no pounding.

  • Mrs. Westgate began confessing and protesting, declaring and expounding.

British Dictionary definitions for expounding

expound

/ɪkˈspaʊnd/
verb
1.
when intr, foll by on or about. to explain or set forth (an argument, theory, etc) in detail: to expound on one's theories, he expounded his reasoning
Derived Forms
expounder, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French espondre, from Latin expōnere to set forth, from pōnere to put
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Word Origin and History for expounding

expound

v.

c.1300, from Old French espondre "expound (on), set forth, explain," from Latin exponere "put forth, explain, expose, exhibit," from ex- "forth" (see ex-) + ponere "to put, place" (see position); with intrusive -d (cf. sound (n.1)). The usual Middle English form was expoune. Related: Expounded; expounding.

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