- to set forth or state in detail: to expound theories.
- to explain; interpret.
- to make a detailed statement (often followed by on).
Origin of expound
Related Words for expoundexemplify, delineate, explain, express, clarify, explicate, illustrate, comment, elucidate, describe, state, discourse, interpret, unfold, present, construe, enucleate
Examples from the Web for expound
Contemporary Examples of expound
I was going to expound on this today, but Josh Barro's got it covered.Romney's Tax Plan Still Doesn't Work
October 12, 2012
The spring collection was intended to expound on the female body, sensuality and skin--but not nudity.Louis Vuitton, Chanel, McQueen Cap Paris Spring 2013 Fashion Week Shows
October 3, 2012
Why, in an otherwise tough interview, he didn't ask Netanyahu to expound the distinction is beyond me.Obama Already Has A Red Line
September 16, 2012
He recognized me from TV, and began to expound his political opinions.The Sex Lives of Cab Drivers
June 7, 2012
The compulsion to expound on the grips of passion is timeless, it would seem.‘Love Letters’ Anthologizes 2,000 Years of Passion Put to Paper
February 11, 2012
Historical Examples of expound
Well, my dears, it is useless for me to expound to you that which I cannot myself understand.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Professor Turner will expound the significance of the frontier in American history.The American Mind
"Because—" But it was no moment to expound the personal nature of love.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Will you allow me then to explain how I should have liked to have heard you expound the matter?Laws
I will expound this meaning of mine through the medium of a parable.The Shame of Motley
- (when intr, foll by on or about) to explain or set forth (an argument, theory, etc) in detailto expound on one's theories; he expounded his reasoning
Word Origin for expound
Word Origin and History for expound
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.