[ad_1] verb (used with object), es·poused, es·pous·ing.
- to make one’s own; adopt or embrace, as a cause.
- to marry.
- to give (a woman) in marriage.
- to adopt or give support to (a cause, ideal, etc)to espouse socialism
- archaic (esp of a man) to take as spouse; marry
mid-15c., “to take as spouse, marry,” from Old French espouser “marry, take in marriage, join in marriage” (11c., Modern French épouser), from Latin sponsare, past participle of spondere (see ).
Extended sense of “adopt, embrace” a cause, party, etc., is from 1620s. Related: Espoused; espouses; espousing. For initial e-, see .