verb (used with object), es·poused, es·pous·ing.
Origin of espouse
Examples from the Web for espouse
While these entities may find common cause in the act of sanctioning, they often espouse different goals.
Some espouse deaf culture as the better, more natural, way of life.
Meyerson is clearly perplexed by politicians who not only espouse principles but act according to them.
The right loves to bash New York's Citi Bike system, but bike share embodies the privatized, self-reliant ideals they espouse.
Instead I am going to write about the more interesting aspects of games: what sort of politics do they espouse?
He saw the Doge espouse the Adriatic by casting a gold ring into it on Ascension day with very great pomp and ceremony.Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2)|John Evelyn
These two acts alienated from his cause the only foreigners in the world who were willing to espouse it.The Felon's Track|Michael Doheny
When I left college, I was sent out to Jamaica, to espouse a bride already courted for me.Jane Eyre|Charlotte Bronte
Surely the King should espouse this lady and the Lutheran cause.The Fifth Queen|Ford Madox Ford
Then will I espouse the lady, whether or not she give consent: for never did I see any one so fair, nor desire any as I do her.Four Arthurian Romances|Chretien DeTroyes
British Dictionary definitions for espouse
Word Origin for espouse
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.