- (transitive) To lay open the meaning of; to explain or discuss at length; to clear of obscurity; to interpret.
1891, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray:
- Some day, when you are tired of London, come down to Treadley, and expound to me your philosophy of pleasure over some admirable Burgundy I am fortunate enough to possess.
- (intransitive) To make a statement, especially at length.
- He expounded often on the dangers of the imperial presidency.
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(See the entry for expound in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)