Espouse

Definition of Espouse

Es`pouse´
v. t.1.To betroth; to promise in marriage; to give as spouse.
[imp. & p. p. Espoused ; p. pr. & vb. n. Espousing.]
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.
Promised faithfully to espouse his cause as soon as he got out of the war.
- Bp. Burnet.

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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
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