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



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

  1. (transitive) To become/get married to.
    • 1922, Maneckji Nusserwanji Dhalla, Zoroastrian Civilization[1], page 232:
      He espoused several wives, and besides kept a considerable number of concubines in his harem.
  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”, in The Eagle-Tribune[2], retrieved 2013-12-18:
      Those that espoused this ideology []

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