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ESPOUSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does espouse mean? 

ESPOUSE (verb)
  The verb ESPOUSE has 3 senses:

1. choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
2. take in marriage
3. take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

  Familiarity information: ESPOUSE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ESPOUSE (verb)


Sense 1espouse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

espouse; adopt; follow

Context examples:

She followed the feminist movement / The candidate espouses Republican ideals

Hypernyms (to "espouse" is one way to...):

choose; pick out; select; take (pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "espouse"):

adhere; stick (be a devoted follower or supporter)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2espouse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take in marriage

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

marry; hook up with; get married; get hitched with; wed; espouse; conjoin

Hypernyms (to "espouse" is one way to...):

unify; unite (act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "espouse"):

inmarry (marry within one's own tribe or group)

mismarry (marry an unsuitable partner)

wive (marry a woman, take a wife)

wive (take (someone) as a wife)

intermarry (marry within the same ethnic, social, or family group)

remarry (marry, not for the first time)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3espouse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

sweep up; embrace; espouse; adopt

Context examples:

She embraced Catholicism / They adopted the Jewish faith

Hypernyms (to "espouse" is one way to...):

accept (consider or hold as true)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "espouse"):

fasten on; hook on; latch on; seize on; take up (adopt)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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