espouse




Use the verb espouse to describe the actions of someone who lives according to specific beliefs, such as your friends who espouse environmentalism and as a result walk whenever possible instead of taking the car.

You can see the word spouse in espouse, so you may be wondering what husbands and wives have to do with it. Originally espouse did mean “to marry,” but its meaning has evolved to include other long-term commitments as well, such as support for a principle or a cause. Similar to marriage, if you espouse a belief system, the idea is that you’ve chosen to wed yourself to it.

Definitions of espouse
  1. verb

    choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans

    “The candidate
    espouses Republican ideals”
    synonyms:
    adopt, follow

    abide by, comply, follow

    act in accordance with someone’s rules, commands, or wishes
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    types:

    adhere, stick

    be a devoted follower or supporter
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    choose, pick out, select, take

    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

  2. verb

    take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one’s own

    synonyms:
    adopt, embrace, sweep up
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    types:

    fasten on, hook on, latch on, seize on, take up

    adopt
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    accept

    consider or hold as true

  3. verb

    take in marriage

    synonyms:
    conjoin, get hitched with, get married, hook up with, marry, wed

    marry, splice, tie, wed

    perform a marriage ceremony
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    inmarry

    marry within one’s own tribe or group
    mismarry

    marry an unsuitable partner
    wive

    marry a woman, take a wife
    wive

    take (someone) as a wife
    intermarry

    marry within the same ethnic, social, or family group
    remarry

    marry, not for the first time
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    unify, unite

    act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief

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