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espouse

[ ih-spouz, ih-spous ]
/ ɪˈspaʊz, ɪˈspaʊs /
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verb (used with object), es·poused, es·pous·ing.

to make one's own; adopt or embrace, as a cause.
Archaic. to marry.
Archaic. to give or promise to give (a woman) in marriage.

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Origin of espouse

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Middle French espouser , from Latin spōnsāre “to betroth, espouse”

OTHER WORDS FROM espouse

es·pous·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for espouse

espouse
/ (ɪˈspaʊz) /

verb (tr)

to adopt or give support to (a cause, ideal, etc)to espouse socialism
archaic (esp of a man) to take as spouse; marry

Derived forms of espouse

espouser, noun

Word Origin for espouse

C15: from Old French espouser, from Latin spōnsāre to affiance, espouse
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