Adjective "espouse" definition and examples

(Espouse may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ɪˈspaʊz//ɛˈspaʊz/

Definitions and examples

verb

Adopt or support (a cause, belief, or way of life)
  1. 'The constructivist approach to education espouses the belief that children are capable learners with many questions, ideas, feelings, and theories about their world.'
  2. 'That policy is to stop attacking countries that don't espouse Western values, and leave them to evolve in their own way at their own rate.'
  3. 'Gore has said that his new network will not espouse any particular political beliefs.'
  4. 'Psychologists espousing postmodernist views have adopted a similar position concerning scientific objectivity, recognizing the socially constructed nature of psychological knowledge.'
  5. 'I write as a white, Anglo-Saxon male, brought up in the Christian tradition, but currently espousing no religious belief.'
  6. 'Many of the island's inhabitants, who share only a handful of surnames, espouse stern Baptist beliefs, one of which is that dancing is the devil's work.'
  7. 'I am not espousing a political philosophy; I am espousing a decision-making methodology.'
  8. 'At the outset, I must state that I am a Christian who firmly espouses the tenets of creation science.'
Marry.
  1. 'My father, falling in love with a poor relation, espoused her privately; and I was the first fruit of that marriage.'
  2. 'a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph'
  3. 'Thereafter it happened that the maid who escaped marriage with a lord, came to be espoused to Clovis, son of the former king Dagobert.'

More definitions

1. to make one's own; adopt or embrace, as a cause.

2. to marry.

3. to give (a woman) in marriage.

More examples(as adjective)

"people/places/organizations can be espouse."

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.