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Meaning of ESPOUSE

Pronunciation:  e'spawz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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"
  2. [v]  choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
  3. [v]  take in marriage

ESPOUSE is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

Easton Bible Dictionary

(2 Sam. 3:14), to betroth. The espousal was a ceremony of betrothing, a formal agreement between the parties then coming under obligation for the purpose of marriage. Espousals are in the East frequently contracted years before the marriage is celebrated. It is referred to as figuratively illustrating the relations between God and his people (Jer. 2:2; Matt. 1:18; 2 Cor. 11:2). (See BETROTH.)

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