[syn: set forth, expound, exposit]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Expound \Ex*pound"\ ([e^]ks*pound"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Expounded; p. pr. & vb. n. Expounding.] [OE. exponen,
expounen, expounden, fr. L. exponere to set out, expose,
expound; ex out + ponere to put: cf. OE. expondre, expondre.
1. To lay open; to expose to view; to examine. [Obs.]
He expounded both his pockets. --Hudibras.
2. To lay open the meaning of; to explain; to clear of
obscurity; to interpret; as, to expound a text of
Scripture, a law, a word, a meaning, or a riddle.
Expound this matter more fully to me. --Bunyan.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning
of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She
elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation" [syn:
elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit,
enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilate]
[ant: abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut,
foreshorten, reduce, shorten]
2: state; "set forth one's reasons" [syn: set forth,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
52 Moby Thesaurus words for "expound":
account for, allegorize, clarify, clear up, comment, construe,
crack, decipher, delineate, demonstrate, demythologize, describe,
discourse, elucidate, enlighten, euhemerize, exemplify, explain,
explain away, explicate, exposit, express, give reason for,
give the meaning, harangue, hold forth, illuminate, illustrate,
interpret, lecture, make clear, make plain, moralize,
point a moral, popularize, preach, present, rationalize,
read a lesson, sermonize, shed light upon, show, show how,
show the way, simplify, solve, spell out, state, throw light upon,
unfold, unlock, unravel