• WordNet 3.6
    • v espouse take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own "She embraced Catholicism","They adopted the Jewish faith"
    • v espouse choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans "She followed the feminist movement","The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
    • v espouse take in marriage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Espouse To betroth; to promise in marriage; to give as spouse. "A virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph."
    • Espouse To take as spouse; to take to wife; to marry. "Lavinia will I make my empress, . . . And in the sacred Pantheon her espouse ."
    • Espouse 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.""Promised faithfully to espouse his cause as soon as he got out of the war."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n espouse A spouse.
    • espouse To promise, engage, or bestow in marriage; betroth.
    • espouse To take in marriage; marry; wed.
    • espouse To take to one's self, or make one's own; embrace; adopt; become a participator or partizan in: as, to espouse the quarrel of another; to espouse a cause.
    • espouse To pledge; commit; engage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Espouse es-powz′ to give in marriage: to take as spouse: to wed: to take with a view to maintain: to embrace, as a cause
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  • Suzanne Lafollette
    Suzanne Lafollette
    “Most people, no doubt, when they espouse human rights, make their own mental reservations about the proper application of the word human.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Impartial. Unable to perceive any promise of personal advantage from espousing either side of a controversy.”
  • Georges Bernanos
    “Who are you to condemn another's sin? He who condemns sin becomes part of it, espouses it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. espouser, esposer, F. épouser, L. sponsare, to betroth, espouse, fr. sponsus, betrothed, p. p. of spondere, to promise solemnly or sacredly. Cf. Spouse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. espouser (Fr. épouser)—L. sponsārespondēre, sponsum, to promise.


In literature:

JASON, having come to Corinth, and bringing with him Medea, espouses Glauce, the daughter of Creon, king of Corinth.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
Noah, established "The Enquirer," which warmly espoused the cause of Andrew Jackson in the Presidential canvass of 1828.
"Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made" by James D. McCabe, Jr.
Sigismond, the King of Poland, with ardor espoused his cause.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
Maude would espouse his cause, he was sure, for she liked him and worshipped Jerrie.
"Tracy Park" by Mary Jane Holmes
He had espoused the sister of Siegfried, King of the Danes; and he was the friend of Ratbod, King of the Frisians.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 4" by Various
With him were four thousand females, espoused by him, O son of Bharata's race!
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Indeed, I am quite sure of it, since you espouse her cause so warmly.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Hitherto I have thought to play the patriot in espousing Caesar's cause.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
Many other physicians seem to have espoused the same opinion, as noticed by Haller.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
There are some men who neither speak nor write, but whose lives place them in the foremost ranks in the cause which they espouse.
"Three Years in Europe" by William Wells Brown

In poetry:

For her he little cared,
As little for the laws;
Nor God, nor man, did he regard,
Yet he espoused her cause.
"The Importunate Widow" by John Newton
Laertes: I have two better; one of them for thee.
Penelope, who died five years ago,
Spun it; her husband wore it only once
And but one year, the anniversary
Of their espousal.
"Homer And Laertes" by Walter Savage Landor
More fair than strange fruit is
Of faiths ye espouse;
In me only the root is
That blooms in your boughs;
Behold now your God that ye made you, to feed him with faith of your vows.
"Hertha" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Ma. There is a rumour spred through Thessaly,
That your faire sister, Madame Eglantine,
Shall be espoused to the Shepherd Rhodon,
The prince of all the Swaines that dwell on Hybla.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act I" by Ralph Knevet
Some heart that can never be swerved from its mooring,
Though tempests may thunder and billows may roar,
That espouses my fate in spite of such roaring,
And when trials are sorest will trust even more.
"Kindred Spirits" by Jared Barhite
Quid non speramus amantes. Peirce was espoused ere he went a wooing,
What should such fooles as he be long a dooing?
His wife (the wiser) thought to saue that paine,
By getting her a cloake fit for the raine.
"Epigram 35" by Henry Parrot

In news:

The one espoused by Adam Smith , the father figure of capitalism.
"The Flying Dutchman " is an early work by the great creator of "music dramas," Richard Wagner, earnestly espousing redemption through love — one of Wagner's favorite themes.
Fulfill the Ghandi/Buddhist thought Mr Brown that you constantly espouse and recognize we are all equal.
That's something French doctor and diet book author Dr Pierre Dukan espoused earlier this year, and now he's in hot water with the medical community in his country because of it.
A little help from America could enable Israel to find its way back to the peace process its prime minister has now espoused.
Gini believes the techniques she espouses work because they get you more in touch with your intuition , your inner voice – whatever you want to call this very powerful force within you.
Few public policy myths have been as persistent as the one that espouses the elimination of the state's personal income tax as the key to enhancing Oklahoma's economy.
Rodriguez espouses limited government and a competitive free-market economy.
President Obama took office espousing what seemed like a genuine intention to work with Congress at solving the nation's problems.
Part of the allure of being a CEO is the opportunity to espouse a vision.
Founded in 1896, Clarkson University, in Potsdam, N.Y. Has for more than a century espoused practical technology-based education coupled with a spirit of invention.
I noticed that the waiters had T-shirts that espoused the virtues of said fries.
John Kerry criticized Howard Dean on Sunday for espousing tax and foreign policies that will "just kill us" at the polls in November as Kerry himself was accused of waffling on the Iraq war.
A righteous Christian who espouses family values would not charge a Pennsylvania school district where he and his children do not live for his youngsters' education.
Senate candidate Richard Mourdock was apparently espousing the doctrine of providence in his comments about rape earlier this week.

In science:

In KWSP both the definitional elements describing the best possible way, as perceived by the organization, of performing a task, i.e., the espoused theory of work, as well as the detail information on how actually the tasks instances are performed by the worker, i.e., the theory at-work, are available.
On challenges and opportunities of designing integrated IT platforms for supporting knowledge works in organizations
Fig. 2: Monolingual entry: “ épouser” (to marry, to fit, to espouse) To accede to the acception dictionary, the user selects an accep t ion in the m idd le co lumn . The accep t ion is displayed along with its sub-acceptions (middle column of fig. 3).
Interlingual Lexical Organisation for Multilingual Lexical Databases in NADIA
Secondly, an intriguing line of argument by Weinberg and collaborators is that, due to a ‘Principle of Mediocrity’ espoused by Vilenkin, Λ is not likely to be much smaller than the limit allowing galaxies to form.
Editorial note to "Large number coincidences and the anthropic principle in cosmology"
The methodology GS espouse can be computationally prohibitive.
Discussion of "Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research" by J. J. Goeman and A. Solari