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espouse

es·pouse

espouse

 
pronunciation:
ih spaUz
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: espoused, espouses, espousing
definition 1: to take up or commit oneself to (a cause or idea); embrace.
He had once espoused communist ideals, but now he rejected them.
synonyms:
adopt
antonyms:
repudiate
similar words:
embrace
definition 2: to take in marriage.
It had been arranged that she would espouse her cousin.
similar words:
marry, wed
derivation: espouser (n.)