- 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 expoundingexemplify, delineate, explain, express, clarify, explicate, illustrate, comment, elucidate, describe, state, discourse, interpret, unfold, present, construe, enucleate
Examples from the Web for expounding
Historical Examples of expounding
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.The Legacy of Greece
That's the way they always goes on expounding things to you.The Drone
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
- (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
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.