espouse

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From Middle English espousen, from Old French espouser, from Latin spōnsāre, present active infinitive of spōnsō (frequentative of spondeō), from Proto-Indo-European *spend-

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espouse (third-person singular simple present espouses, present participle espousing, simple past and past participle espoused)

  1. (transitive) To become/get married to.
  2. (transitive) To accept, support, or take on as one’s own (an idea or a cause).
    • 1998, William Croft, Event Structure in Argument Linking, in: Miriam Butt and Wilhelm Geuder, eds., “The Projection of Arguments”, p. 37
      Although Dowty’s proposal is attractive from the point of view of the alternative argument linking theory that I am espousing, since it eschews the use of thematic roles and thematic role hierarchies, […], but it still has some drawbacks.
    • 2011, Donald J. VAN Vliet, “Letter: Republicans espouse ideology over national welfare”, accessed on 2013-12-18:
      Those that espoused this ideology []

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