AskDefine | Define espouse

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1 choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals" [syn: adopt, follow]
2 take in marriage [syn: marry, get married, wed, conjoin, hook up with, get hitched with]
3 take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholocism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith" [syn: embrace, adopt, sweep up]

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  1. To become/get married to.
  2. To accept, support, or take on as one's own (an idea or a cause).

Derived terms


To become married to
To accept, support, take as one's own

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accept, adopt, advocate, affiliate, allege in support, answer, approve, argue for, assert, back, be made one, be spliced, become one, campaign for, carry, catch, champion, contend for, contract matrimony, counter, couple, crusade for, defend, embrace, get hitched, go in for, intermarry, interwed, maintain, make a plea, marry, mate, miscegenate, pair off, pass, plead for, ratify, rebut, refute, remarry, reply, respond, rewed, riposte, say in defense, speak for, speak up for, stand up for, stick up for, support, sustain, take on, take to wife, take up, uphold, urge reasons for, wed, wive
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