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Definition of espouse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

espouse

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪˈspaʊz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈspaʊz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they espouse
BrE BrE//ɪˈspaʊz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈspaʊz//
 
he / she / it espouses
BrE BrE//ɪˈspaʊzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈspaʊzɪz//
 
past simple espoused
BrE BrE//ɪˈspaʊzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈspaʊzd//
 
past participle espoused
BrE BrE//ɪˈspaʊzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈspaʊzd//
 
-ing form espousing
BrE BrE//ɪˈspaʊzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈspaʊzɪŋ//
 
 
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espouse something (formal) to give your support to a belief, policy, etc. They espoused the notion of equal opportunity for all in education. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘take as a spouse’): from Old French espouser, from Latin sponsare, from sponsus ‘betrothed’, past participle of spondere.
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