V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to take up or support; 2. to marry (archaic)

Synonyms: adopt, advocate, embrace, hold, wed, marry

Antonyms: oppose, divorce

Tips: Espouse is derived from the 15th century French espouser, which meant "to marry." This definition of espouse is no longer commonly used, but just as a person may be said to be "wedded to an idea" or "married to a cause," espouse is frequently used to describe devotion to a particular belief or cause. It is often used as a more sophisticated way of saying "advocate."

Usage Examples:

Always vocal about her beliefs, she was known to espouse environmental and feminist concerns when given an opportunity. (advocate)

His experiences in college led him to espouse more liberal views than his parents. (adopt, embrace)

The American Heart Association has long espoused the importance of diet and exercise. (advocated)

Fiscal responsibility is an ideal that should be espoused by both Democrats and Republicans. (advocated, embraced)

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