[syn: espouse, embrace, adopt, sweep up]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Espouse \Es*pouse"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Espoused; p. pr. &
vb. n. Espousing.] [OF. espouser, esposer, F. ['e]pouser,
L. sponsare to betroth, espouse, fr. sponsus betrothed, p. p.
of spondere to promise solemnly or sacredly. Cf. Spouse.]
1. To betroth; to promise in marriage; to give as spouse.
A virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph.
--Luke i. 27.
2. To take as spouse; to take to wife; to marry.
Lavinia will I make my empress, . . .
And in the sacred Pantheon her espouse. --Shak.
3. 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." --Bacon.
Promised faithfully to espouse his cause as soon as
he got out of the war. --Bp. Burnet.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies,
strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement";
"The candidate espouses Republican ideals" [syn: adopt,
2: take in marriage [syn: marry, get married, wed,
conjoin, hook up with, get hitched with, espouse]
3: take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and
use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholicism"; "They
adopted the Jewish faith" [syn: espouse, embrace,
adopt, sweep up]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
58 Moby Thesaurus words for "espouse":
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
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
(2 Sam. 3:14), to betroth. The espousal was a ceremony of
betrothing, a formal agreement between the parties then coming
under obligation for the purpose of marriage. Espousals are in
the East frequently contracted years before the marriage is
celebrated. It is referred to as figuratively illustrating the
relations between God and his people (Jer. 2:2; Matt. 1:18; 2
Cor. 11:2). (See BETROTH.)