Definitions for: Espouse


[v] take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholocism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith"
[v] choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
[v] take in marriage



Webster (1913) Definition: Es*pouse", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Espoused; p. pr. &
vb. n. Espousing.] [OF. espouser, esposer, F. ['e]pouser,
L. sponsare to betroth, espouse, fr. sponsus betrothed, p. p.
of spondere to promise solemnly or sacredly. Cf. Spouse.]
1. To betroth; to promise in marriage; to give as spouse.

A virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph.
--Luke i. 27.

2. To take as spouse; to take to wife; to marry.

Lavinia will I make my empress, . . . And in the
sacred Pantheon her espouse. --Shak.

3. To take to one's self with a view to maintain; to make
one's own; to take up the cause of; to adopt; to embrace.
``He espoused that quarrel.'' --Bacon.

Promised faithfully to espouse his cause as soon as
he got out of the war. --Bp. Burnet.

Synonyms: adopt, adopt, conjoin, embrace, follow, get hitched with, get married, hook up with, marry, sweep up, wed

See Also: accept, adhere, choose, fasten on, hook on, inmarry, intermarry, latch on, mismarry, pick out, remarry, seize on, select, take, take up, unify, unite, wive

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